Archive for the ‘Johann Jacob Rambach’ Tag

My Maker, Be Thou Nigh   1 comment

St. Catherine's, Marietta

Above:  St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Marietta, Georgia, May 17, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Text (published in 1729) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (published in the Australian Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1925) by E. Taylor, a Congregationalist minster (died 1938), altered

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


1.  My Maker, be Thou nigh

The light of life to give

And guide me with Thine eye

While hear on earth I live.

To Thee my heart I tender

And all my pow’rs surrender;

Make it my one endeavor

To love and serve Thee ever.

Upon Thy promise I rely;

My Maker, be Thou nigh.

2.  My Savior, wash me clean

With Thy most precious blood,

That takes away all sin

And seals my peace with God.

My soul in peace abideth

When in Thy wounds it hideth.

There I find full salvation

And freedom from damnation.

Without Thee lost, defiled by sin,

My Savior, wash me clean.

3.  My Comforter, give pow’r

That I may stand secure

When in temptation’s hour

The world and sin allure.

The Son to me revealing,

Inspire my tho’t and feeling,

His Word of grace to ponder,

Nor let me from Him wander.

On me Thy gifts and graces show’r:

My Comforter, give pow’r!

4.  O Holy Trinity!

To whom I all things owe,

Thine image graciously

Within my heart bestow.

Choose me, tho’ weak and lowly,

To be Thy temple holy

Where praise shall rise unending

For grace so condescending.

O heav’nly bliss, Thine own to be,

O Holy Trinity!

Johann Jacob Rambach   Leave a comment


Image in the Public Domain

Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735) was a German Lutheran minister and theologian.


Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I’m Baptized in Thy Dear Name:

O Thou Love Unbounded:

My Maker, Be Thou Nigh:


Posted May 21, 2015 by neatnik2009 in Sources R

Tagged with

O Thou Love Unbounded   2 comments



Above:  Christ the Merciful

Image in the Public Domain

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

Original Words (published in 1735) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)


1.  O Thou Love Unbounded,

Grant to eyes enshrouded,

E’en for earthly sight beclouded,

Grace to see Thy patience,

All the world enfolding,

Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.

Lo, its rays,

To Thy praise,

Joy to men bestowing,

Like the sun are glowing.

2.  All Thy vast dominion–

Earth and air and ocean–

Is the field of Thy devotion;

And Thy great long-suff’ring,

Ever newly tested,

With more beauty is invested.

Oh, how far

Its wings are

As they stretch forth daily

Over hill and valley!

3.  All our works are feeble

As the heart upraises

For Thy patience,

Lord, its praises.

With untold transgressions

Day by day Thou bearest,

Many million sinners sparest!

Daily new

Lovest, too,

All who here offend Thee.

Who can comprehend Thee?

4.  Sinners Thou forgivest,

Hear’st when they implore Thee,

When they, weeping, come before Thee;

Thy right hand may threaten,

Yet Thy mercy yearneth

And Thine anger from us turneth.

Tho’ we may

Yet delay

Truly to espouse Thee,

To new wrath arouse Thee.

5.  Lord, no one has ever,

Who on Thee believed,

Justice here for grace received.

All guilt Thou removest

When we boy before Thee

And in penitence implore Thee;

For our smart

Moves Thy heart;

Thou wouldst mercy show us

And with grace endow us.

6.  O Most High, we praise Thee

That Thou us regardest

Nor our evil deeds rewardest!

Zion’s Hope, continue

Thy dominion o’er us,

Wielding well Thy scepter for us


Patient be,

Lord, we now implore Thee:

Thine shall be the glory!

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I’m Baptized in Thy Dear Name   2 comments


Above:  Diocesan Confirmation, the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, December 14, 2014

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Hymn Source = Common Service Book (1917), United Lutheran Church in America (1918-1962) and predecessor bodies

Original German Words (1734) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1860) by Charles William Schaeffer (1813-1896)


1.  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

I’m baptized in Thy dear Name;

In the seed Thou dost inherit,

With the people Thou dost claim,

I am reckoned; I am reckoned;

And for me the Saviour came.

2.  Thou receivest me, O Father,

As a child and heir of Thine;

Jesus, Thou Who diest, yea rather

Ever livest, Thou art mine.

Thou, O Spirit, Thou, O Spirit,

Art my Guide, my Light divine.

3.  I have pledged, and would not falter,

Truth, obedience, love to Thee:

I have vows upon Thine altar

Ever Thine alone to be,

And for ever

Sin and all its lusts to flee.

4.  Gracious God, all Thou hast spoken

In this covenant shall take place;

But if I, alas! have broken

These my vows, hide not Thy face;

And from falling

O restore me by Thy grace!

5.  Lord to Thee I now surrender

All I have, and all I am;

Make my heart more true and tender,

Glorify in me Thy Name.

Let obedience

To Thy will be all my aim.

6.  Help me in this high endeavor,

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Bind my heart to Thee for ever,

Till I join the heavenly host.

Living, dying,

Let me make in Thee my boast.