"Now Let Us Come Before Him"

                   by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

                                  Text From:

                       THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. Now let us come before Him,

        With song and prayer adore Him,

        Who to our life hath given

        All needed strength from heaven.

        2. The stream of years is flowing,

        And we are onward going,

        From old to new surviving

        And by His mercy thriving.

        3. In woe we often languish

        And pass through times of anguish,

        Of wars and trepidation

        Alarming every nation.

        4. As mothers watch are keeping

        O'er children who are sleeping,

        Their fear and grief assuaging

        When angry storms are raging.

        5. So God His own is shielding

        And help to them is yielding.

        When need and woe distress them,

        His loving arms caress them.

        6. O Thou who dost not slumber,

        Remove what would encumber

        Our work, which prospers never

        Unless Thou bless it ever.

        7. O God of Mercy, hear us;

        Our Father, be Thou near us;

        Mid crosses and in sadness

        Be Thou our Fount of gladness.

        8. To all who bow before Thee

        And for Thy grace implore Thee,

        Oh, grant Thy benediction

        And patience in affliction.

        9. Be Thou a Helper speedy

        To all the poor and needy,

        To all forlorn a Father;

        Thy erring children gather.

        10. Be with the sick and ailing,

        Their Comforter unfailing;

        Dispelling grief and sadness,

        Oh, give them joy and gladness!

        11. Above all else, Lord, send us

        Thy Spirit to attend us,

        Within our hearts abiding,

        To heaven our footsteps guiding.

        12. All this Thy hand bestoweth,

        Thou Life, whence our life floweth.

        To all Thy name confessing

        Grant, Lord, Thy New Year's blessing.

Notes: Hymn #122 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Ps. 91:1 Author: Paul Gerhardt Translated by: John Kelly, 1867, alt. Titled: Nun lasst uns gehn und treten Tune: Nun lasst uns Gott, dem Herren 1st Published in: "Christliche Psalmen" Town: Leipzig, 1587
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