Now Thank We All Our God
Posted by Hal in Hymns

The next few Sundays we’ll be posting songs of thanksgiving.  I love the old German hymns which have made it into our songbooks here — this is one of my favorites for Thanksgiving or any time of year!  Be sure and read the background story on NetHymnal (follow the link):

Now Thank We All Our God
Words: Martin Rinkart, 1636
English Translation: Catherine Winkworth, 1856
Music: Johann Crueger, 1647

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.