Monday, 21 May 2012

A Prayer for These Times: Lord Jesus Christ With Us Abide

Thanks to Pr Paul McCain and Dr John Kleinig I am now able to post the full text of Selnecker's hymn (see previous post)  in English as it appeared in the Missouri Synod's The Lutheran Hymnal and in a more modern translation. As Pr McCain noted in his comment, this hymn was a favourite of Dr Sasse (and it is also a favourite of his student, Dr Kleinig). Thanks Paul & John and the others who helped me locate the full text of this powerful hymn, previously unknown to me. The magnificent window at left is found in Christ Church, Eltham, London.  




 "Lord Jesus Christ, With Us Abide"
by Nikolaus Selnecker, 1532-1592
Translated by composite

1. Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide,
For round us falls the eventide;
Nor let Thy Word, that heavenly light,
For us be ever veiled in night.

2. In these last days of sore distress
Grant us, dear Lord, true steadfastness
That pure we keep, till life is spent,
Thy holy Word and Sacrament.

3. Lord Jesus, help, Thy Church uphold,
For we are sluggish, thoughtless, cold.
Oh, prosper well Thy Word of grace
And spread its truth in every place!

4. Oh, keep us in Thy Word, we pray;
The guile and rage of Satan stay!
Oh, may Thy mercy never cease!
Give concord, patience, courage, peace.

5. O God, how sin's dread works abound!
Throughout the earth no rest is found,
And falsehood's spirit wide has spread,
And error boldly rears its head.

6. The haughty spirits, Lord, restrain
Who o'er Thy Church with might would reign
And always set forth something new,
Devised to change Thy doctrine true.

7. And since the cause and glory, Lord,
Are Thine, not ours, to us afford
Thy help and strength and constancy.
With all our heart we trust in Thee.

8. A trusty weapon is Thy Word,
Thy Church's buckler, shield and sword.
Oh, let us in its power confide
That we may seek no other guide!

9. Oh, grant that in Thy holy Word
We here may live and die, dear Lord;
And when our journey endeth here,
Receive us into glory there.

The Lutheran Hymnal
Hymn #292
Text: Luke 24:29
Author: Nikolaus Selnecker et al., 1611
Translated by: composite
Titled: "Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ"
Tune: "Ach bleib bei uns"
1st Published in: Geistliche Lieder
Town: Leipzig,1589

 LH 260 Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide
Tune: Ach bleib bei uns

1 Lord Jesus Christ, with us abide,
for round us falls the eventide;
let not your word, that heavenly light,
for us be ever veiled in night.

2 In these last days of sore distress
grant us, O Lord, true steadfastness,
that pure we keep, till life is spent,
your holy word and sacrament.

3 Lord Jesus, help, your church uphold,
for we are sluggish, thoughtless, cold;
endue your word with power and grace,
and spread its truth in every place.

4 In this your word keep us, we pray;
the guile and rage of Satan stay!
Give to your church your boundless grace,
give concord, patience, courage, peace.

5 O God, how sin's dread works abound!
Throughout the earth no rest is found,
for error now has widely spread,
and falsehood boldly rears its head.

6 Restrain, O Lord, the human pride
that seeks to thrust your truth aside
or with some man-made thought and things
would dim the words Your Spirit sings.

7 And since the glory and the cause,
Lord Jesus, are not ours, but yours,
grant us your strength and keep us true,
that we may always trust in you.

8 A sure defence, Lord, is your word,
your church's buckler, shield, and sword;
in its great power let us confide,
that we may seek no other guide.

9 Lord Jesus Christ, your blessing give,
that in your word we always live,
and when our life is ended here
we may in heaven your glory share.

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