33. Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord

1 Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who has truly kept his word
And at last to us did send
Christ, the sinner's help and friend.

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, O my Savior, now!
Joyful, Lord, to you I bow.
Come into my heart, I pray;
Oh, prepare yourself a way!

5 As your coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
Which is yours eternally.

6 Bruise for me the Serpent's head
That, set free from doubt and dread,
I may cling to You in faith,
Safely kept through life and death.

7 Then when you will come again
As the glorious king to reign,
I with joy will see your face,
Freely ransomed by your grace.

Text Information
First Line: Let the earth now praise the Lord
Title: Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord
Original Language: German
Author: Heinrich Held, 1620-59
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1829-78 (alt.)
Meter: 77.77
Language: English
Publication Date: 1982
Topic: Advent; Christmas
Tune Information
Meter: 77.77
Key: g minor
Source: Johann Walter, Geystliche gesagk Buchleyn, 1524
Copyright: Arr. © 1982 Concordia Publishing House.

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