O Do Not Against Me, Lord

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1 O do not against me, Lord,
Thy displeasure cherish;
Give me not my just reward;
Leave me not to perish.
Guilt, our shame—wakes Thy flame:
Christ our ransom payeth:
He all wrath allayeth.

2 Show me then a father’s love,
Me with aid consoling;
Look in patience from above,
All my fears controlling.
Cheer my face—with Thy grace;
Oil of consolation,
Gladness and salvation.

3 O my foe, depart from me;
God hath heard my crying:
Him I seek, from fear set free,
To His presence flying.
Hence dismay—hence away:
All my sorrow ceaseth;
God my heart releaseth.

4 Holy Father! endless praise
Here and in high Heaven,
All shall to Thy glory raise,
Praise to Christ be given
Praise to Thee—ever be,
Holy Ghost who hearest,
And Thy suppliants cheerest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #9636

Translator: Arthur T. Russell

Arthur Tozer Russell was born at Northampton, March 20, 1806. He entered S. John's College, Cambridge, in 1824, took the Hulsean Prize in 1825, and was afterwards elected to a scholarship. He was ordained Deacon in 1829, Priest in 1830, and the same year was appointed Vicar of Caxton. In 1852, he was preferred to the vicarage of Whaddon. In 1863, he removed to S. Thomas', Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, and in 1867, to Holy Trinity, Wellington, Salop. He is the editor and author of numerous publications, among them several volumes of hymns. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, 1872.… Go to person page >

Author: Johann G. Albinus

Albinus, Johann Georg eldest s. of Zacharias Albinus, pastor at Unter-Nessa, near Weissenfels, Saxony, 1621-1633, and at Stuhlburgwerben, 1633-1635, was b. at UnterNessa, March 6, 1624. After his father's death, in 1635, he was, in 1638, adopted by his cousin, Lucas Pollio, diaconus at St Nicholas's Church in Leipzig. After his cousin's death, in 1643, the Court preacher, Sebastian Mitternacht, of Naumburg, took an interest in him, and he remained at Naumburg till he entered the University of Leipzig, in 1645. He studied for eight years at Leipzig, during which time ho acted as house tutor to the Burgomaster, Dr. Friedrich Kuhlwein, and was then, in 1653, appointed Eector of the Cathedral School at Naumburg. This post he resigned when, in… Go to person page >

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First Line: O do not against me, Lord
Title: O Do Not Against Me, Lord
German Title: Straf mich nicht in deinem Zorn
Translator: Arthur T. Russell
Author: Johann G. Albinus
Meter: 76.76 88.66
Language: English
Notes: Of the origin of this hymn, J. C. Wetzel, i. 46, and ii. 404, relates what seems rather an apocryphal story to this effect:— Johann Rosenmüller, while music director at Leipzig, had been guilty of improper practices with some of his scholars. He was thrown into prison, but having made his escape, went to Hamburg. Thence he sent a petition for restoration to the Elector Johann Georg at Dresden, and to support his petition enclosed this hymn which Albinus had written for him. Julian, p. 37
Copyright: Public Domain

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