"God Himself Is Present"
                       by Gerhard Tersteegen, 1697-1769
                 Translated by Frederick W. Foster, 1760-1835
                                  Text From:
                (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.5

        1. God Himself is present:
        Let us now adore Him
        And with awe appear before Him.
        God is in His temple--
        All within keep silence,
        Prostrate lie with deepest reverence.
        Him alone God we own,
        Him, our God and Savior;
        Praise His name forever.

        2. God Himself is present:
        Hear the harps resounding;
        See the hosts the throne surrounding!
        "Holy, holy, holy"--
        Hear the hymn ascending,
        Songs of saints and angels blending.
        Bow Thine ear To us here:
        Hear, O Christ, the praises
        That Thy Church now raises.

        3. O Thou Fount of blessing,
        Purify my spirit,
        Trusting only in Thy merit.
        Like the holy angels,
        Who behold Thy glory,
        May I ceaselessly adore Thee.
        Let Thy will Ever still
        Rule Thy Church terrestrial
        As the hosts celestial.

Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Hymn #4 Text: Hab. 2:20 Author: Gerhard Tersteegen, 1729, cento Translated by: Frederick W. Foster, c.1826, alt. Titled: "Gott ist gegenwaertig" Composer: Joachim Neander, 1680 Tune: "Wunderbarer Koenig"
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