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Above:  Luther Rose

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


Thy Word, O God, Declareth:

O, How Holy is This Place:


Posted January 12, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources R

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Above:  Saint John on Patmos

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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


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


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


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.