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Hymn of the Week – God Himself Is with Us

In the University Chorale we have been preparing to record some of our music, and this grueling work was begun yesterday. We are putting together an album of traditional hymns, and although most of them are already familiar to me, I have been introduced to a few that I did not know previously. This is one of these, a majestic German hymn reminding us of God’s unceasing presence.

Poetry by Ger­hard Ter­stee­gen, translated into English by Fred­er­ick Fos­ter & John Miller
Music by Jo­a­chim Ne­an­der

God Himself is with us
Let us now adore Him,
And with awe appear before Him.
God is in His temple,
All within keep silence,
And before Him bow with reverence,
Him alone,
God we own;
To our Lord and Savior;
Praises sing forever.

God Himself is with us;
Whom angelic legions
Serve with awe in heavenly regions.
“Holy, Holy, Holy,”
Sing the hosts of heaven,
Praise to God be ever given.
Bow Thine ear
To us here;
Hear, O Christ, the praises
That Thy church now raises.

O Thou fount of blessing,
Purify my spirit;
Trusting only in Thy merit,
Like the holy angels
Who behold Thy glory,
May I ceaselessly adore Thee,
And in all,
Great and small,
Seek to do most nearly
What Thou lovest dearly.

Amazon MP3 downloads of this song: David Slater, The York College Concert Choir.
Cyber Hymnal entry

Hymn of the Week – Jesus Is Mine

Borrowing a blogging tradition from The Common Room (arguably my mother’s favorite blog), I am going to begin posting the words to a selected hymn every Lord’s day.  The first in this series will be “Jesus Is Mine,” which I sang with the Pinson congregation this morning.  I was really moved by the lyrics (especially the third verse), and I hope you will be too.

Poetry by Jane Bonar (1845)
Music by Theodore Perkins (1858)

Fade, fade, each earthly joy, Jesus is mine!
Break every tender tie, Jesus is mine!
Dark is the wilderness, Earth has no resting place,
Jesus alone can bless, Jesus is mine!

Tempt not my soul away, Jesus is mine!
Here would I ever stay, Jesus is mine!
Perishing things of clay, born but for one brief day,
Pass from my heart away, Jesus is mine!

Farewell, ye dreams of night, Jesus is mine!
Lost in this dawning light, Jesus is mine!
All that my soul has tried left but a dismal void;
Jesus has satisfied, Jesus is mine!

Farewell, mortality, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, eternity, Jesus is mine!
Welcome, oh, loved and blest, welcome sweet scenes of rest,
Welcome, my Savior’s breast, Jesus is mine!

(Accessed at the Cyberhymnal)