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We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost

"We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost"

by Dr. Martin Luther, 1483-1546

Text From:

THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL

(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), pp. 172-173

 

We Now Implore God the Holy Ghost

1. We now implore the Holy Ghost

For the true faith, which we need the most,

That in our last moments He may befriend us

And, as homeward we journey, attend us.

Lord, have mercy.

2. Shine in our hearts, O most precious Light,

That we Jesus Christ may know aright,

Clinging to our Savior, whose blood hath bought us.

Who again to our homeland hath brought us.

Lord, have mercy.

3. Thou sacred Love, grace on us bestow,

Set our hearts with heavenly fire aglow

That with hearts united we love each other,

Of one mind, in peace with every brother.

Lord, have mercy!

4. Thou highest Comfort in every need,

Grant that neither shame nor death we heed,

That e'en then our courage may never fail us

When the Foe shall accuse and assail us.

Lord, have mercy!

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Notes:

231 from The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal

Text: John 16: 13

Author: unknown, stanza 1

Author: Martin Luther, stanzas 2-4, 1524

Translated by: composite

Titled: Nun bitten wir den Heiligen Geist

Tune: Nun bitten wir

Sacred melody, c. 1100