1. O Lord, we praise Thee, bless Thee, and adore Thee, In thanksgiving bow before Thee Thou with Thy body and Thy blood didst nourish Our weak souls that they may flourish: O Lord, have mercy! May Thy body, Lord, born of Mary, That our sins and sorrows did carry, And Thy blood for us plead In all trial, fear, and need: O Lord, have mercy!
2. Thy holy body into death was given, Life to win for us in heaven. No greater love than this to Thee could bind us; May this feast thereof remind us! O Lord, have mercy! Lord, Thy kindness did so constrain Thee That Thy blood should bless and sustain me. All our debt Thou hast paid; Peace with God once more is made: O Lord, have mercy.
3. May God bestow on us His grace and favor To please Him with our behavior And live as brethren here in love and union Nor repent this blest Communion! O Lord, have mercy! Let not Thy good Spirit forsake us; Grant that heav'nly— minded He make us; Give Thy Church, Lord, to see Days of peace and unity: O Lord, have mercy!
Words: Martin Luther, 1524. Translation composite.
Music: 'Gott Sei Gelobet und Gebenedeiet' or 'Enchiridion' or 'Gud Være Lovet Evig Nu' traditional German c. 1400 found in Klug's Geistliche Lieder, Wittenberg, 1533.
Setting: Johann Hermann Schein, 1627, alt.
copyright: public domain. This score is a part of the Open Hymnal Project, 2009 Revision.
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