We Gather Together

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1 We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

2 Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning;
thou, Lord, wast at our side; all glory be thine!

3 We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #336

Translator: Theodore Baker

Born: June 3, 1851, New York Ci­ty. Died: Oc­to­ber 13, 1934, Dres­den, Ger­ma­ny. Baker stu­died mu­sic in Ger­ma­ny, where he re­ceived his PhD de­gree at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Leip­zig (his doc­tor­al dis­ser­ta­tion was on the mu­sic of the Sen­e­ca In­di­ans). Lat­er he worked as lit­er­ary ed­it­or for the G. Schirm­er Mu­sic Com­pa­ny (1892-1926) and wrote the Bi­o­graph­ic­al Dic­tion­ary of Mu­si­cians (1900). Translations "How Great Our Joy" "Lo, How a Rose E’er Bloom­ing" "We Ga­ther To­ge­ther" --www.hymntime.com/tch Go to person page >

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The tune KREMSER owes its origin to a sixteenth-century Dutch folk song "Ey, wilder den wilt." Later the tune was combined with the Dutch patriotic hymn 'Wilt heden nu treden" in Adrianus Valerius's Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck [sic: Nederlandtsche Gedenckclank] published posthumously in 1626. 'Wilt…

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