Words: Unknown author, 14th Century (Gott der Vater wohn’ uns bei). Translated from German to English by Richard Massie, Martin Luther’s Spiritual Songs, 1854, page 26, alt.
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God the Father, be our Stay; Oh, let us perish never!
Cleanse us from our sins, we pray, and grant us life forever.
Keep us from the Evil One; uphold our faith most holy,
Grant us to trust Thee solely with humble hearts and lowly.
Let us put God’s armor on, with all true Christians running
Our heav’nly race and shunning the devil’s wiles and cunning.
Amen, amen, this be done; so sing we, hallelujah!