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Oh, Enter, Lord, Thy Temple

"Oh, Enter, Lord, Thy Temple"

by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

Text From:

THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 170-171

 

1. Oh, enter, Lord, Thy temple,

Be Thou my spirit's Guest,

Who gavest me, the earth-born,

A second birth more blest.

Thou in the Godhead, Lord,

Though here to dwell Thou deignest,

Forever equal reignest,

Art equally adored.

2. Oh, enter, let me know Thee

And feel Thy power within,

The power that breaks our fetters

And rescues us from sin;

Oh, wash and cleanse Thou me

That I may serve Thee truly

And render honor duly

With perfect heart to Thee.

3. Thou art, O Holy Spirit,

The true anointing Oil,

Through which are consecrated

Soul, body, rest, and toil

To Christ, whose guardian wings,

Where'er their lot appointed,

Protect His own anointed,

His prophets, priests, and kings.

4. Thou, Holy Spirit, teachest

The soul to pray aright;

Thy songs have sweetest music,

Thy prayers have wondrous might.

Unheard they cannot fall,

They pierce the highest heaven

Till He His help hath given

Who surely helpeth all.

5. Thy gift is joy, O Spirit,

Thou wouldst not have us pine;

In darkest hours Thy comfort

Doth ever brightly shine.

And, oh, how oft Thy voice

Hath shed its sweetness o'er me

And opened heaven before me

And bid my heart rejoice!

6. All love is Thine, O Spirit;

Thou hatest enmity;

Thou lovest peace and friendship,

All strife wouldst have us flee;

Where wrath and discord reign,

Thy whisper kindly pleadeth

And to the heart that heedeth

Brings love and light again.

7. Our path in all things order

According to Thy mind,

And when this life is over

And all must be resigned,

Oh, grant us then to die

With calm and fearless spirit

And after death inherit

Eternal life on high.

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Notes:

Hymn #228 from The Handbook to The Lutheran Hymnal

Text: Acts 2: 17

Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1653, cento

Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.

Titled: Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren

Composer: Johann Crueger, 1653

Tune: Zeuch ein