We Sing, Immanuel, Thy Praise

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1. We sing, Immanuel, Thy praise,
Thou Prince of Life and fount of grace,
Thou flower of Heaven and star of morn,
Thou Lord of lords, Thou virgin born.

2. For Thee, since first the world was made,
So many hearts have watched and prayed;
The patriarchs’ and prophets’ throng
For Thee have hoped and waited long.

3. Now art Thou here, Thou ever blest!
In lowly manger dost Thou rest.
Thou, making all things great, art small;
So poor art Thou, yet clothest all.

4. From Thee above all gladness flows,
Yet Thou must bear such bitter woes;
The Gentiles’ light and hope Thou art,
Yet findest none to soothe Thine heart.

5. But I, Thy servant, Lord, today
Confess my love and freely say,
I love Thee truly, but I would
That I might love Thee as I should.

6. I have the will, the power is weak;
Yet, Lord, my humble offering take
And graciously the love receive
Which my poor heart to Thee can give.

7. Had I no load of sin to bear,
Thy grace, O Lord, I could not share;
In vain hadst Thou been born for me
If from God’s wrath I had been free.

8. Thus will I sing Thy praises here
With joyful spirit year by year;
And when we reckon years no more,
May I in Heaven Thy name adore!

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Gerhardt, Paulus, son of Christian Gerhardt, burgomaster of Gr√§fenhaynichen, near Wittenberg, was born at Grafenhaynichen, Mar. 12, 1607. On January 2, 1628, he matriculated at the University of Wittenberg. In the registers of St. Mary's church, Wittenberg, his name appears as a godfather, on July 13, 1641, described still as "studiosus," and he seems to have remained in Wittenberg till at least the end of April, 1642. He appears to have gone to Berlin in 1642 or 1643, and was there for some time (certainly after 1648) a tutor in the house of the advocate Andreas Barthold, whose daughter (Anna Maria, b. May 19, 1622, d. March 5, 1668) became his wife in 1655. During this period he seems to have frequently preached in Berlin. He was appoint… Go to person page >

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First Line: We sing, Immanuel, Thy praise
Title: We Sing, Immanuel, Thy Praise
German Title: Wir singen dir, Immanuel
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1653, cento)
Meter: LM hallelujah
Source: Composite translation
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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