Scripture Verse

Holy Father, keep through Thine own name those whom Thou hast given Me. John 17:11

Introduction

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Catherine Winkworth
(1827–1878)

Words: Mar­tin Lu­ther, 1541 (Er­halt Uns, Herr, bei Dein­em Wort). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ca­the­rine Wink­worth, The Cho­rale Book for Eng­land (Lon­don: Long­man, Green, Long­man, Ro­berts & Green, 1863), num­ber 103.

Music: Er­halt Uns, Herr Geist­liche Lied­er (Wit­ten­berg, Ger­ma­ny: 1543) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Midland, E. S. K. (Ed­gar Still­man Kell­ey?), in Augs­burg Songs No. 2 (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Lu­ther­an Pub­li­ca­tion So­cie­ty, 1893), num­ber 131 (🔊 pdf nwc)
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Martin Luther
(1483–1546) v

Lyrics

Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word;
Curb those who fain by craft and sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Thy Son
And set at naught all He hath done.

Lord Jesus Christ, Thy power make known,
For Thou art Lord of lords alone;
Defend Thy Christendom that we
May evermore sing praise to Thee.

O Comforter, of priceless worth,
Send peace and unity on earth.
Support us in our final strife,
And lead us out of death to life.