Our Father, who from heav'n above Bidst us to live in constant love

Our Father, who from heav'n above Bidst us to live in constant love

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi; Author: Martin Luther
Tune: VATER UNSER
Published in 4 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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I Our Father! who from Heav'n above
Bidst us to live in constant Love
As Brethren, and in Truth to join,
T'adore this Father-Name of thine,
Grant we may always pray to Thee
In Spirit and Sincerity.

II. Thy name be hallow'd ev'ry where;
Make us to read thy Word with Care,
That we may live accordingly,
And praise thy sacred Name on high;
From all that's false, and All that's vain
Thy poor, thy wand'ring Flock restrain.

III. Thy Kingdom come; thy Grace be nigh,
O'er all the Earth, o'er all the Sky;
The Holy Spirit of thy Grace,
Bestow his Gifts on Human Race.
From Satan's woful Tyranny,
Keep all thy Churches safe and free.

IV. Thy Will be done on Earth, as well
As 'tis in Heav'n, where Angels dwell;
In Joy and Sorrow make our Mind
Be chearfully to Thee resign'd;
And all our carnal Motions still,
That do withstand thy holy Will.

V. Give us this Day, our daily Bread,
And what we want for present Need:
From foul Contention, Strife, and War
From Dearth and Pest, remove us far.
Preserve our Peace and Liberty;
From filthy Lucre set us free.

VI. Forgive us all our Trespasses,
That are so great and numberless;
And make us willing to forgive
Our Foes, ans with them kindly live.
Let mutual Love and Charity
Unite thy Christian Family.

VII. Into Temptation lead us not.
When Satan lays his secret Plot,
O, lend us thine Almighty Hand
To fight with Courage, and withstand;
That, amr'd with Faith, as with a Shield,
We may at last obtain the Field.

VII. At length enlarge and set us free
From Sin, and all its Misery:
Redeem us from eternal Death;
Thy Grace support our dying Breath;
And be our Death an Entrance blest
Into a sweet eternal Rest.

IX. For thine's the Pow'r, the Glory thine,
And thine for ever will remain.
Increase our Faith: and guide our Ways;
And give us Grace thy Name to praise.
According to thy sacred Word,
A blessed Amen us afford.

Source: Psalmodia Germanica: or, The German Psalmody: translated from the high Dutch together with their proper tunes and thorough bass (2nd ed., corr. and enl.) #107

Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi

Jacobi, John Christian, a native of Germany, was born in 1670, and appointed Keeper of the Royal German Chapel, St. James's Palace, London, about 1708. He held that post for 42 years, and died Dec. 14, 1750. He was buried in the Church of St. Paul's, Covent Garden. His publications included :— (1) A Collection of Divine Hymns, Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes and Thorough Bass. London: Printed and Sold by J. Young, in St. Paul’s Churchyard; . . . 1720. This edition contains 15 hymns. Two years later this collection, with a few changes in the text and much enlarged, was republished as (2) Psalmodia Germanica; or a Specimen of Divine Hymns. Translated from the High Dutch. Together with their Proper Tunes… Go to person page >

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 >

Text Information

First Line: Our Father, who from heav'n above Bidst us to live in constant love
German Title: Vater unser im Himmelreich
Translator: Johann Christian Jacobi
Author: Martin Luther
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Tune

VATER UNSER

Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…

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