Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.@John 15:13
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Nikolaus Hermann (1500-1561)

Unknown author, 1607, cento (Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ); translated from German to English by Matthias Loy, 1880, alt.

Erschienen Ist Nikolaus Hermann, Die Sontags Euangelia 1560 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Matthias Loy (1828-1915)

We thank Thee, Jesus, dearest friend,
That Thou didst into Heav’n ascend.
O blessèd Savior, bid us live
And strength to soul and body give.
Hallelujah!

Ascended to His throne on high,
Hid from our sight, yet always nigh,
He rules and reigns at God’s right hand
And has all power at His command.
Hallelujah!

The man who trusts in Him is blest
And finds in Him eternal rest;
This world’s allurements we despise
And fix on Christ alone our eyes.
Hallelujah!

We therefore heartily rejoice
And sing His praise with cheerful voice;
He captive led captivity,
From bitter death He set us free.
Hallelujah!

Through Him we heirs of Heaven are made;
O brother, Christ, extend Thine aid
That we may firmly trust in Thee
And through Thee live eternally.
Hallelujah!