Scripture Verse

Gather together in one the children of God.@John 11:52

Introduction

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Eduard Kremser
(1838–1914)

Words & Mu­sic: This song of praise was orig­in­al­ly writ­ten in 1597 to cel­e­brate a Dutch vic­to­ry. It ap­peared in Ne­der­landtsche Ge­denck­clanck, by Ad­ri­a­nus Va­ler­i­us (Haar­lem, Hol­land: 1626) (Wilt he­den nu tre­den). Ar­ranged & trans­lat­ed from Dutch to La­tin by Edu­ard Krem­ser in Sechs Alt­nie­der­länd­ische Volks­lied­er (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1877) (🔊 pdf nwc). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by The­o­dore Bak­er, 1894.

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Adrianus Valerius
(1575–1620)

Lyrics

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His name; He forgets not His own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!

We all do extol Thee, Thou leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!