Our Lord and God, O Bless This Day

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1 Our Lord and God, O bless this day
And hear us, we implore Thee;
None of Thy children turn away
Who now appear before Thee.
We come before Thy face
And pray: Let Thy rich grace
Descend from heav'n above
In all Thy wondrous love
And keep us by Thy Spirit.

2 O bless Thy Word to all the young;
Let them, Thy truth possessing,
Bear witness true with heart and tongue,
Their faith and ours confessing.
From mother's arms Thy grace
With love did them embrace;
Baptized into Thy name,
As Thine Thou didst them claim.
O Lord, as Thine now own them!

3 When they their vows today renew,
Accept them with Thy favor;
And when they promise to be true,
May they forget it never!
But they are weak and frail
When Satan's hosts assail;
O arm them with Thy might
And grant that in the fight
They unto death be faithful!

4 And when they leave their childhood home,
When Satan comes alluring,
May their baptismal grace become
A refuge reassuring!
Blest they who then can say:
"God's cov'nant stands for aye."
They ne'er shall be undone
Who trusts in God alone--
God is their mighty Father!

Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #514

Author: Johan Nordahl Brun

Johan Nordahl Brun (21 March 1745 in Trondheim—26 July 1816) was the poet, dramatist, bishop in Bergen (1804-1816), and politician who contributed significantly to the growth of National Romanticism in Norway, contributing to the growing national consciousness. He traveled to Copenhagen in 1767, where he passed his theological examinations. While at the University of Copenhagen, Brun was a prominent member of The Norwegian Society (Det Norske Selskab), a group of younger Norwegian authors, poets and philosophers. Johan Nordahl Brun become an active member of the Church of the Cross in Norway. He became a minister of the Parish in the Church of the Cross from 1774 until 1804 when he became the Bishop of Bergen. In literary history… Go to person page >

Translator: Carl Døving

Born: March 21, 1867, Nord­dal­en, Nor­way. Died: Oc­to­ber 2, 1937, Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois. Buried: De­cor­ah, Io­wa.  Go to person page >

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First Line: Our Lord and God, O bless this day
Title: Our Lord and God, O Bless This Day
Norwegian/Scandinavian Title: Lad denne Dag o Herre Gud
Author: Johan Nordahl Brun
Translator: Carl Døving
Language: English
Notes: Hymn text, suggested tune EIN FESTE BURG <I>(</I><Font>isometric)</Font>



[Chant] (Luther 11157)


The original rhythms of EIN FESTE BURG (see 469) had already reached their familiar isorhythmic (all equal rhythms) shape by the time of Johann S. Bach (PHH 7) in the eighteenth century. The harmonization is taken from his Cantata 80. Many organ and choral works are based on this chorale, including…

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