O Lord, look down from Heaven, Behold

O Lord, look down from Heaven, Behold

Author: Martin Luther (1583-1546, alt.)
Tune: ACH GOTT VOM HIMMEL
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1 O Lord, look down from heav'n, behold,
And let Thy pity waken.
How few are we within Thy fold,
Thy saints by men forsaken;
True faith seems quenched on ev'ry hand;
Men suffer not Thy Word to stand.
Dark times have us o'ertaken.

2 With fraud which they themselves invent
Thy truth they have confounded;
Their hearts are not with one consent
On Thy pure doctrine grounded.
While they parade with outward show,
They lead the people to and fro,
In error's maze astounded.

3 May God root out all heresy
And of false teachers rid us
Who proudly say: "Now, where is he
That shall our speech forbid us?
By right or might we shall prevail;
What we determine cannot fail;
We own no lord and master."

4 Therefore saith God, "I must arise,
The poor My help are needing.
To Me ascend My people's cries,
And I have heard their pleading.
For them My saving Word shall fight
And fearlessly and sharply smite,
The poor with might defending."

5 As silver tried by fire is pure
From all adulteration,
So through God's Word shall men endure
Each trial and temptation.
Its light beams brighter through the cross,
And, purified from human dross,
It shines through every nation.

6 Defend Thy truth, O God, and stay
This evil generation;
And from the error of its way
Keep Thine own congregation.
The wicked everywhere abound
And would Thy little flock confound;
But Thou art our Salvation.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #440

Author: Martin Luther

Luther, Martin, born at Eisleben, Nov. 10, 1483; entered the University of Erfurt, 1501 (B.A. 1502, M.A.. 1503); became an Augustinian monk, 1505; ordained priest, 1507; appointed Professor at the University of Wittenberg, 1508, and in 1512 D.D.; published his 95 Theses, 1517; and burnt the Papal Bull which had condemned them, 1520; attended the Diet of Worms, 1521; translated the Bible into German, 1521-34; and died at Eisleben, Feb. 18, 1546. The details of his life and of his work as a reformer are accessible to English readers in a great variety of forms. Luther had a huge influence on German hymnody. i. Hymn Books. 1. Ellich cristlich lider Lobgesang un Psalm. Wittenberg, 1524. [Hamburg Library.] This contains 8 German h… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Lord, look down from Heaven, Behold
Author: Martin Luther (1583-1546, alt.)
Source: The Lutheran Hymnal, St. Louis, 1941 (tr.)
Language: English
Copyright: Tr. © 1941 Concordia Publishing House

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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #205
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #440TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #1821Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #5105ScoreAudio
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