The Glory Has Departed

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I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Luther: O Lord, Loook Down From Heaven, Behold...
Never Sung by Church and Change

From Martin Luther: Hymns, Ballads, Chants, Truth page 26-27:

“A paraphrase of Psalm 12, this hymn was written in 1523, the same time as many of Luther’s other psalm-hymns. It was published in the first Lutheran hymnal, Achtliederbuch, of 1524. Luther’s version of the psalm reflects much of his own experience in the early days of the Reformation. Though several different tunes were used for this text with various levels of success, the present tune dates from 1524 and is possibly by Luther himself."

1. O Lord, look down from heav’n, behold and let Thy pity waken;

How few are we within Thy fold, Thy saints by men forsaken!

True faith seems quenched on ev’ry hand, men suffer not Thy Word to stand;

Dark times have us o’er take.

2. With fraud which they themselves invent Thy truth they have confounded;

Their hearts are not with one consent on Thy pure doctrine grounded.

While they parade with outward show, they lead the people to and fro.

In error’s maze astounded.

3. May God root out all heresy and of false teachers rid us

Who proudly say: “Now, where is he that shall our speech forbid us?

By right or might we shall prevail; what we determine cannot fail;

We own no lord and master.”

4. Therefore saith God, “I must arise, the poor My help are needing;

To Me ascend My people’s cries, and I have heard their pleading.

For them My saving Word shall fight and fearlessly and sharply smite.

The poor with might defending.”

5. As silver tried by fire is pure from all adulteration,

So through God’s Word shall men endure each trial and temptation.

Its light beams brighter through the cross, and, purified from human dross,

It shines through ev’ry nation.

6. Defend Thy truth, O God, and stay this evil generation;

And from the error of its way keep Thine own congregation.

The wicked ev’rywhere abound and would Thy little flock confound;

But Thou art our Salvation.