"We Sing, Immanuel, Thy Praise"

                   by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

                                  Text From:

                       THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

        (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

        1. We sing, Immanuel, Thy praise,

        Thou Prince of Life and Fount of grace,

        Thou Flower of heaven and Star of morn,

        Thou Lord of lords, Thou Virgin-born.


        2. For Thee, since first the world was made,

        So many haearts have watched and prayed;

        The patriarchs' and prophets' throng

        For Thee have hoped and waited long.


        3. Now art Thou here, Thou Ever-blest!

        In lowly manger dost Thou rest.

        Thou, making all things great, art small;

        So poor art Thou, yet clothest all.


        4. From Thee above all gladness flows,

        Yet Thou must bear such bitter woes;

        The Gentiles' Light and Hope Thou art,

        Yet findest none to soothe Thine heart.


        5. But I, Thy servant, Lord, today

        Confess my love and freely say,

        I love Thee truly, but I would

        That I might love Thee as I should.


        6. I have the will, the poser is weak;

        Yet, Lord, my humble offering take

        And graciously the love receive

        Which my poor heart to Thee can give.


        7. Had I no load of sin to bear,

        Thy grace, O Lord, I could not share;

        In vain hadst Thou been born for me

        If form God's wrath I had been free.


        8. Thus will I sing Thy praises here

        With joyful spirit year by year;

        And when we reckon years no more,

        May I in heaven Thy name adore!


Notes: Hymn #108 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: Matt. 1:23 Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1653, cento Translated by: composite Titled: Wir singen dir, Immanuel Composer: Nikolaus Herman, 1560 Tune: Erschienen ist
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