165. Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord

1 Let the earth now praise the Lord.
Who hath truly kept His word
And the sinners' Help and Friend
Now at last to us doth send.

2 What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets' heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.

3 Abram's promised great Reward,
Zion's Helper, Jacob's Lord--
Him of twofold race behold--
Truly came, as long foretold.

4 Welcome, 0 my Savior, now!
Hail! My Portion, Lord, art Thou.
Here, too, in my heart, I pray,
Oh, prepare Thyself a way!

5 King of Glory, enter in;
Cleanse it from the filth of sin,
As Thou hast so often done;
It belongs to Thee alone.

6 As Thy coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
That was ever found in Thee.

7 Comfort, comfort Thou my heart,
Thou my Strength and Refuge art.
I am weak, and cunningly
Satan lays his snares for me.

8 Bruise for me the Serpent's head,
That, set free from doubt and dread,
I may cleave to Thee in faith,
Safely kept through life and death,

9 And when Thou dost come again
As a glorious King to reign,
I with joy may see Thy face,
Freely ransomed by Thy grace.

Text Information
First Line: Let the earth now praise the Lord
Title: Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord
German Title: Gott sei Dank durch alle Welt
Author: H. Held, 1620-c. 1659
Translator (sts. 1-6, 8-9): C. Winkworth, 1827-78
Translator (st. 7): Unknown
Meter: 77 77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: God's Protection; Christmas 2
Tune Information
Name: NUN KOMM, DER HEIDEN HEILAND
Composer: J. Walther, 1496-1570
Meter: 77 77
Key: g minor
Source: Geistliche Gesangb├╝chlein, 1524



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