Scripture Verse

Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me. Psalm 25:5

Introduction

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Tobias Clausnitzer
(1619–1684)

Words: To­bi­as Claus­nitz­er, in the Alt­dorf­lisch­es Ge­sang-Buch­lein, 1663, num­ber 20 (Lieb­ster Jesu, wir sind hier). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ro­bert A. S. Mac­al­is­ter (1870–1950), alt.

Music: Lieb­ster Je­su Jo­hann R. Ahle, 1664 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Ahle (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

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Robert A. S. Macalister
(1870–1950)

Lyrics

Look upon us, blessèd Lord,
Take our wandering thoughts and guide us;
We have come to hear Thy Word,
With Thy teaching now provide us,
That, from earth’s distractions turning,
We Thy message may be learning.

For Thy Spirit’s radiance bright
We, assembled here, are hoping;
If Thou shouldst withhold the light,
In the dark our souls were groping:
In each word and thought direct us:
Thou, Thou only, canst correct us.

Brightness of the Father’s face,
Light of light, from God proceeding,
Make us ready in this place;
Ear and heart await Thy leading.
Fill with life and inspiration
Every prayer and meditation.