Archive for the ‘William Gustave Polack’ Tag

And Wilt Thou Pardon, Lord   2 comments

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, November 5, 2017

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Original Greek Text by St. Joseph the Hymnographer (d. 886)

English Translation (1862) by John Mason Neale (1818-1866)

Hymn Source #1 = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Hymn Source #2 = William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, 2d ed. (1942)

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And wilt Thou pardon, Lord

A sinner such as I,

Although Thy book his crimes record

Of such a crimson dye?

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So deep are they engraved,

So terrible their fear,

The righteous scarcely shall be saved,

And where shall I appear?

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My soul, make all things known

To Him who all things sees

That so the Lamb may yet atone

For thine iniquities.

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O Thou Physician blest,

Make clean my guilty soul

And me, by many a sin opprest,

Restore and keep me whole.

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I know not how to praise

Thy mercy and Thy love;

But deign my soul and earth to raise

And learn from Thee above.

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Stars of the Morning, So Gloriously Bright   2 comments

Above:  Dawn, Crater Lake National Park

Image in the Public Domain

Original Greek Text by St. Joseph the Hymnographer (d. 886)

English Translation (1862) by John Mason Neale (1818-1866)

Hymn Source #1 = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), The Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Hymn Source #2 = William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, 2d ed. (1942)

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Stars of the morning, so gloriously bright,

Filled with celestial virtue and light,

These that, where never followeth day,

Praise the Thrice Holy One ever and aye.

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These are Thy ministers, these dost Thou own,

Lord God of Sabaoth, nearest Thy throne;

These are Thy messengers, these dost Thou send,

Help of the helpless ones, man to defend.

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These keep the guard amid Salem’s dear bowers,

Thrones, principalities, virtues, and powers,

Where, with the living ones, mystical four,

Cherubim, seraphim, bow and adore.

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Then, when the earth was first poised in mid space,

Then, when the planets first sped on their race,

Then, when were ended the six days’ employ,

Then all the sons of God shouted for joy.

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Still let them succor us, still let them fight,

Lord of angelic hosts, battling for right,

Till, where their anthems they ceaselessly pour,

We with the angels may bow and adore.

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Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain   4 comments

icon-of-the-resurrection

Above:  Icon of the Resurrection

Image in the Public Domain

Original Greek Text (700s) by St. John of Damascus

English Translation from Christian Remembrances (1859), by John Mason Neale (1818-1866)

Hymn Source = The English Hymnal (1906), The Church of England

The reference to Christian Remembrances comes from William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second Edition (1942).

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Come, ye faithful raise the strain

Of triumphant gladness;

God hath brought his Israel

Into joy from sadness;

Loosed from Pharaoh’s bitter yoke

Jacob’s sons and daughters;

Led them with unmoistened foot

Through the Red Sea waters.

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‘Tis the Spring of souls to-day;

Christ hath burst his prison,

And from three days’ sleep in death

As a Sun hath risen;

All the winter of our sins

Long and dark, is flying

From his Light, to whom we give

Laud and praise undying.

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Now the Queen of seasons, bright

With the Day of splendour,

With the royal Feast of feasts,

Comes its joy to render;

Comes to glad Jerusalem

Who with true affection

Welcomes in unwearied strains

Jesu’s Resurrection.

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Neither might the gates of death,

Nor the tomb’s dark portal,

Nor the watchers, nor the seal,

Hold thee as a mortal;

But to-day amidst the twelve

Thou didst stand, bestowing

That thy peace which evermore

Passeth human knowing.

Asleep in Jesus! Blessed Sleep   3 comments

Churchyard

Above:  Country Churchyard, Monona County, Iowa, 1940

Photographer = John Vachon (1914-1975)

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-USF34-060720-D

Text (1832) by Margaret Mackay (1802-1887)

Hymn Source = William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal (1942), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Margaret Mackay wrote more hymns than this one, but “Asleep in Jesus” is the most popular of her works of that genre.  (I had to consult obscure and long out-of-print sources at archive.org to find other hymns she wrote.)  This hymn debuted in The Amethyst; or Christian’s Annual (1832).  She composed the text after visiting a rural cemetery, that of Pennycross Chapel, or the Chapel of St. Pancras, in Devonshire, England.

Seldom does a hymnal contain all six stanzas.  I have a collection of hymnals old and recent (mostly old).  Usually, when I found this hymn, I found four stanzas–not always the same ones.  Occasionally I located five stanzas on a page.  I had to resort to a hymnal companion volume to find all six stanzas.

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Asleep in Jesus! Blessed sleep,

From which none ever wakes to weep;

A calm and undisturbed repose,

Unbroken by the land of woes.

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Asleep in Jesus! Oh, how sweet

To be for such a slumber meet,

With holy confidence to sing

That death has lost his venomed sting!

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Asleep in Jesus! Peaceful rest,

Whose waking is supremely blest;

No fear, no woe, shall dim that hour

That manifests the Saviour’s power.

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Asleep in Jesus! Oh, for me

May such a blissful refuge be!

Securely shall my ashes lie

And wait the summons from on high.

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Asleep in Jesus! Time nor space

Debars this precious “hiding-place”;

On Indian plains or Lapland snows

Believers find the same repose.

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Asleep in Jesus! Far from Thee

Thy kindred and their graves may be;

But there is still a blessed sleep,

From which none ever wakes to weep.

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With the Lord Begin Thy Task   2 comments

Church of the Ascension

Above:  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Cartersville, Georgia, May 10, 2015

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

Anonymous German Text (1734)

English Translation (1937) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

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

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1.  With the Lord begin thy task,

Jesus will direct it;

For His aid and counsel ask,

Jesus will perfect it.

Ev’ry morn with Jesus rise,

And when day is ended,

In His name then close thine eyes;

Be to Him commended.

2.  Let each day begin with prayer,

Praise, and adoration;

On the Lord cast ev’ry care,

He is thy Salvation.

Morning, evening, and at night

Jesus will be near thee,

Save from the Tempter’s might,

With His presence cheer thee.

3.  With thy Savior at thy side,

Foes need not alarm thee;

In His promises confide,

And no ill can harm thee.

All thy trust do thou repose

In the mighty Master,

Who in wisdom truly knows

How to stem disaster.

4.  If thy task be thus begun

With the Savior’s blessing,

Safely then thy course will run,

Naught thy soul distressing.

Good will follow everywhere

While thou here must wander;

Thou at last the joy wilt share

In the mansions yonder.

5.  Thus, Lord Jesus, every task

Be to Thee commended;

May Thy will be done, I ask,

Until life is ended.

Jesus, in Thy name begun

Be the day’s endeavor;

Grant that it may well be done

To Thy praise forever.

Savior, Sprinkle Many Nations   2 comments

Globe

Above:  The Globe, Swanage, England, 1890

Image Source = Library of Congress

Reproduction Number = LC-DIG-ppmsc-08878

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

Stanza #1 (1851) by Arthur Cleveland Coxe (1818-1896)

Stanzas #2 and 3 (1927) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

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1.  Savior, sprinkle many nations,

Fruitful let Thy sorrows be;

By Thy pains and consolations

Draw the Gentiles unto Thee.

Of Thy Cross the wondrous story

Be it to the nations told;

Let them see Thee in Thy glory

And Thy mercy manifold.

2.  Let to mortals all be given

Thee to know and life to gain,

Thee, the very God of heaven,

Thee, the Man of sinners slain.

Speak Thou hope of ev’ry mortal

Thro’ the Gospel, sweet and blest;

Lead them thro’ Thy kingdom’s portal

To eternal peace and rest.

3.  Great the need in ev’ry nation,

Dense the darkness of sin’s night;

Let Thy Spirit bring salvation,

Love’s pure flame, and wisdom’s light.

Give the Word, Thy preachers strengthen

With the prophets’ pow’r of old,

Help them Zion’s cords to lengthen,

All Thy wand’ring sheep to fold.

All Glory Be To God Alone   3 comments

Trinity--Andei Rublev

Above:  Icon of the Holy Trinity, by Andrei Rublev

Image in the Public Domain

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

Anonymous German Text (1543); attributed to Martin Luther (1483-1546)

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

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1.  All glory be to God alone,

Forevermore the Highest One,

Who doth our sinful race befriend

And grace and peace to us extend.

Among mankind may His good will

All hearts with deep thanksgiving fill.

2.  We praise Thee, God, and Thee we bless;

We worship Thee in humbleness;

From day by day we glorify Thee,

Everlasting  God on high.

Of Thy great glory do we sing,

And e’er to Thee our thanks we bring.

3.  Lord God, our King on heaven’s throne,

Our Father, the Almighty One.

O Lord, the Sole begotten One,

Lord Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son,

True God from all eternity,

O Lamb of God, to Thee we flee.

4.  Thou dost the world’s sin take away;

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

Thou dost the world’s sin take away;

Give ear unto the prayer we say.

Thou sitt’st at God’s right hand for aye;

Have mercy on us, Lord, we pray.

5.  Thou only art the Holy One;

Thou art o’er all things Lord alone.

O Jesus Christ, we glorify

Thee only as the Lord Most High;

Thou art, the Holy Ghost with Thee,

One in the Father’s majesty.

6.  Amen, this ever true shall be,

As angels sing adoringly.

By all creation, far and wide,

Thou, Lord, art ever glorified;

And Thee all Christendom doth praise

Now and through everlasting days.

Christ is Arisen   3 comments

Resurrection of Christ and Women at the Tomb Fra Angelico

Above:  The Resurrection and the Women at the Tomb, by Fra Angelico

Image in the Public Domain

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

Anonymous Latin Text (circa 1100)

Translation (1939) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

This is the oldest German Easter hymn and one of the earliest German hymns of any kind.  According to Wackernagel it is found in four versions in the twelfth century.  The same authority gives seventeen fifteenth-century versions that vary from five lines to eleven stanzas.

–William Gustave Polack, The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal, Second and Revised Edition (1942), page 142

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Christ is arisen

From the grave’s prison.

We now rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Lord, have mercy.

All our hopes were ended

Had Jesus not ascended

From the grave triumphantly.

For this, Lord Christ, we worship Thee.

Lord, have mercy.

Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

Hallelujah!

We now rejoice with gladness;

Christ will end all sadness.

Lord, have mercy.

Kyrie, God Father in Heaven Above   3 comments

Kyrie

Above:  Part of the Beginning of the Latin Mass

Image Source = The CTS New Sunday Missal:  People’s Edition with the New Translation of the Mass (London, England, UK:  Catholic Truth Society, 2011), page 534

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Traditional Latin Text, circa 1100 (if not earlier)

Anonymous German Translation (circa 1541)

English Translation (1939) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)

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

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Kyrie, God Father in heav’n above,

Great art Thou in grace and love,

Of all things the Maker and Preserver.

Eleison, eleison!

Kyrie, O Christ, our King,

Salvation for sinners Thou didst bring.

O Lord Jesus, God’s own Son,

Our Mediator at the heav’nly throne,

Hear our cry and grant our supplication.

Eleison, eleison!

Kyrie, O God the Holy Ghost,

Guard our faith, the gift we need the most;

Do Thou our last hour bless;

Let us leave this sinful world with gladness.

Eleison, eleison!

William Gustave Polack   1 comment

Luther Rose

Above:  The Luther Rose

Scan by Kenneth Randolph Taylor

William Gustave Polack (1890-1950), a minister of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, wrote poetry and composed and translated hymns.  He also served as the chair of the Intersynodical Committee on Hymnology and Liturgics for the Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America.  In that capacity he led the committee for The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) and wrote the companion volume.

The Lutheran Hymnal (1941) contains nine of his translations and three of his original texts.

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Dear Lord, To Thy True Servants Give:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/dear-lord-to-thy-true-servants-give/

O Thou Love Unbounded:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/o-thou-love-unbounded/

As We Begin Another Week:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/as-we-begin-another-week/

Lord Jesus, Thou Art Going Forth:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/21/lord-jesus-thou-art-going-forth/

With the Lord Begin Thy Task:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/with-the-lord-begin-thy-task/

Sprinkle, Sprinkle Many Nations:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/savior-sprinkle-many-nations/

All Glory Be To God Alone:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/all-glory-be-to-god-alone/

Christ is Arisen:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/christ-is-arisen/

Kyrie, God Father in Heaven Above:

https://gatheredprayers.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/kyrie-god-father-in-heaven-above/

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