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William Cullen Bryant   1 comment

William Cullen Bryant

Above:  William Cullen Bryant, Circa 1876

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-pga-00073

William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was a journalist, poet, hymn writer, and advocate for the rights of immigrants, labor unionists, enslaved people, and members of religious minorities.

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O Thou, Whose Own Vast Temple Stands:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2010/08/16/o-thou-whose-own-vast-temple-stands-by-william-cullen-bryant/

Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/look-from-thy-sphere-of-endless-day/

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Posted January 15, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources Br

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Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day   1 comment

World Map 1847

Above:  World Map, 1847

Image in the Public Domain

Words (1840) by William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878)

Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

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1.  Look from Thy sphere of endless day,

O God of mercy and of might!

In pity look on those who stray

Benighted in this land of light.

2.  In peopled vale, in lonely glen,

In crowded mart, by stream or sea,

How many of the sons of men

Hear not the message sent from Thee!

3.  Send forth Thy heralds, Lord, to call

The thoughtless young, the hardened old,

A scattered, homeless flock, till all

Be gathered to Thy peaceful fold.

4.  Send them Thy mighty Word to speak

Till faith shall dawn and doubt depart,

To awe the bold, to stay the weak,

And bind and heal the broken heart.

5.  Then all these wastes, a dreary scene

That makes us sadden as we gaze,

Shall grow with living waters green

And lift to heaven the voice of praise.

Alfred Ramsey   1 comment

Luther Rose

Above:  Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Alfred Ramsey (1860-1926) was a U.S. Lutheran minister, seminary professor, and translator of German-language hymns.

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Thy Word, O God, Declareth:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/thy-word-o-god-declareth/

O, How Holy is This Place:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/o-how-holy-is-this-place/

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Posted January 12, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources R

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Thy Word, O God, Declareth   2 comments

©Photo. R.M.N. / R.-G. OjŽda

Above:  Saint John on Patmos

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Words (1552) by Johann Walther (1496-1570)

English Translation (1910) by Alfred Ramsey (1860-1926)

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America and its immediate predecessors

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1.  Thy Word, O God, declareth

No man hath seen or heard

The joys our God prepareth

For them that love their Lord

Their eyes shall see Thy glory,

The face, Thy throne, Thy might;

With shouts shall they adore Thee,

The true, eternal Light.

2.  With Thee, their warfare ended,

Thy saints from earth released,

Shall keep, with glories splendid,

Eternal holy feast.

There shall Thy sons and daughters

The tree of life partake;

Shall drink the living waters;

And bread with Thee shall break.

3.  Thy constant praises sounding

Before Thy great white throne,

They all in joy abounding

Shall sing the song unknown:

Laud, honor, praise, thanksgiving

And glory ever be

To Thee, the Everlasting

And Blessed Trinity.

O How Holy Is This Place   2 comments

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Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original German Words by Benjamin Schmolck (1672-1737)

English Translation by Alfred Ramsey (1860-1926)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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1.  O how holy is this place

Where the Lord a house hath given!

Here we come before His face;

This must be the gate of heaven.

Here His Word proclaims His grace.

O how holy is this place!

2.  Thousand thanks, great God, arise

Unto Thee, in grace excelling.

Who, though filling all the skies,

Yet dost make this house Thy dwelling,

And to us dost here dispense

Thy pure Word and Sacraments.

3.  Hither to upon this house

Hath salvation surely rested.

Here our God hath been with us,

And Himself hath manifested.

Here His Spirit He hath giv’n

To reveal the way to heav’n.

4.  O how lovely, meet and right

In His temple to a adore Him!

Let us now in Him delight,

And with gladness come before Him.

Treasures lasting, precious pure,

From above we here secure.

5.  Dearest Guest, with us abide,

With Thy holy Word still feed us;

Hitherto by Thee supplied,

Still by living waters lead us!

Keep Thy Church secure

While the earth itself endure.

Joseph Augustus Seiss   1 comment

St. John's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia

Above:  St. John’s Lutheran Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1935

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = HABS PA,51-PHILA,555–1

Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904), a prominent Lutheran minister in the United States, served as pastor at St. John’s, Philadelphia, from 1858 to 1874.

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AS AUTHOR

Jesus, Master, Son of God:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/jesus-master-son-of-god/

AS TRANSLATOR

Fairest Lord Jesus:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2011/10/30/fairest-lord-jesus/

Winter Reigns O’er Many a Region:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/winter-reigns-oer-many-a-region/

O Son of God, We Wait for Thee:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/o-son-of-god-we-wait-for-thee/

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Posted January 12, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources S

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Jesus, Master, Son of God   1 comment

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Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Words (1899) by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessors

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1.  Jesus, Master, Son of God,

Rich in gifts for human good,

Given Thyself for us, for all,

Thou dost many servants call.

2.  By Thy mercy and Thy love,

Through Thy Spirit from above,

Plenteous grace to each is given–

Grace to serve the Lord of heaven.

3.  Thanks for those devoted hands,

Who, with earnest hearts and hands,

Wait and work the sick to cheer,

Spreading mercies far and near.

4.  While the sacred cross they bear,

Grant them Thy rewards to share;

Be their Help where’er they go,

Bearing balm for human woe.

5.  Guide and bless them on their way;

Let Thy Spirit be their stay;

May their numbers, Lord, increase,

Bring them to Thy heavenly peace.

Winter Reigns O’er Many a Region   1 comment

Creek Covered by Ice and Snow in Winter

Above:  Creek Covered by Ice and Snow in Winter

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Common Service Book of the Lutheran Church (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and its predecessors

Original German Words (1847) by Leonhard Meisser (1903-1872)

English Translation (1890) by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)

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1.  Winter reigns o’er many a region,

Many a seed-field fallow lies;

When, O Lord, shall come the springtime

With its quickening energies?

When shall this long night be ended?

When the morning dawn appear?

When shall drought give place to freshness?

When these deserts bloom with cheer?

2.  Lord, Thy Church is ever praying;

Now her anxious yearnings bear;

Speed the triumphs of Thy Kingdom,

Spread its victories far and near.

Own the work, Thy grace attend it,

Which we undertake for Thee,

Let a holy love inflame us;

Kindle zeal and fervency.

3.  That Thy fields be rightly cultured,

Send the laborers we need,–

men to light the heavy darkness,

Sow the wastes with precious seed.

Then send down the gentle showers,

Make Thy gracious sunlight shine,

That each field may joy with blessing,

Bringing forth the fruits divine.

4.  By the breezes of Thy Spirit,

Fan all deadness into life;

Bless the seeds to Thee upspringing,

Keep each plant from blast and strife.

And, ye toilers in this seeding,

Know the promise God hath given:

Glorious crowns await the faithful,

And eternal gains in heaven.

O Son of God, We Wait for Thee   1 comment

Christ in Majesty Icon

Above:  Christ in Majesty Icon

Image in the Public Domain

Original German Words by Philip Friedrich Hiller (1699-1769)

English Translation by Joseph Augustus Seiss (1823-1904)

Hymn Source = Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary (1996), Evangelical Lutheran Synod

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1.  O Son of God, we wait for Thee,

We long for Thine appearing;

We know Thou sittest on the throne,

And we Thy name are bearing.

Who trusts in Thee,

May joyful be,

And see Thee, Lord, descending,

To bring us bliss unending.

2.  We wait for Thee, ‘mid toil and pain,

In weariness and sighing;

But glad that Thou our guilt hast borne,

And cancelled it by dying.

Hence, cheerfully

May we with Thee

Take up our cross and bear it,

Till we relief inherit.

3.  We wait for Thee; here Thou hast won

Our hearts to hope and duty;

But while our spirits feel Thee near,

Our eyes would see Thy beauty;

We fain would be

At rest with Thee

In peace and joy supernal,

In glorious life eternal.

4.  We wait for Thee; soon Thou wilt come,

The time is swiftly nearing;

In this we also do rejoice,

And long for Thine appearing,

O bliss ’twill be

When Thee we see,

Homeward Thy people bringing,

With transport and with singing!

Again a Day Has From Us Gone   1 comment

Dark Night

Above:  Dark Night

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = The Covenant Hymnal (1973), Evangelical Covenant Church of America

Original German Words (1670) by Johann Friedrich Hertzog (1647-1699)

English Translation (1947) by Gerhard W. Palmgren (1880-1959)

Note:  I found three Palmgren translations in The Covenant Hymnal (1973).  They were under copyright at the time of the publication of that volume.  Two of those translations appeared in the successor, The Covenant Hymnal:  A Worshipbook (1996), with the copyright renewed that year.  This was not one of them.  Anyhow, I seek no financial gain by posting the words at this weblog.  If one seeks to sing the words to the designated tune, “Storl,” I recommend consulting The Covenant Hymnal (1973) or its 1950 predecessor.–KRT

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1.  Again a day has from us gone,

Gone ever from our sight;

Once more, its daily labors done,

Come peace and rest of night.

2.  Safe in thy keeping let me rest,

When daylight fades away;

With joyful praise thy name be blest

When dawns another day.

3.  But thou remainest, God of Grace,

Forevermore the same;

Thou all our nights and all our days

Didst number ere they came.

4.  And if death’s solemn call I hear,

While in my sleep I lie,

What comfort, Lord, that thou art near:

In thee I live and die.