Category Archives: Underutilized hymnody

“In Thy arms I rest me; Foes who would…”

Johann Franck published “Jesu, meine Freude” in 1653; Catherine Winkworth served the English-speaking world by translating it as “Jesu, priceless treasure” in her 1863 The Chorale Book for England. In this translation, she rendered the second verse as: In Thine arm I … Continue reading

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“If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee”

John Piper recently (12/21/16) highlighted one of his favorite hymns in a regular podcast of his: Georg Neumark’s “Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten,” written in 1641 or 1642, first published in 1657, appropriated by Bach for a number … Continue reading

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Soul, Adorn Yourself with Gladness

As we are “between churches” at the moment, I have opportunity to visit around a bit, and our family traveled to Pilgrim Orthodox Presbyterian Church tonight. I thoroughly enjoyed singing some rich hymns (and hearing others played more incidentally) including … Continue reading

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This Joyful Eastertide

My friend James Anderson introduced me to this very worthy resurrection hymn a few years back, and I relished singing it in a mixed quartet.  Take a look at this jubilant text while you listen to the choir of King’s … Continue reading

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Johann Heermann, “Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing”

Johann Heermann, “Jesus, Grant that Balm and Healing” A good hymntext in the face of temptation.  Our family just finished reading a book by Kris Lundgaard, The Enemy Within, based on John Owen’s treatment of sin and temptation, and this … Continue reading

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Paul Gerhardt, “Give to the Winds Thy Fears”

Give to the winds thy fears, Hope and be undismayed. God hears thy sighs and counts thy tears, God shall lift up thy head. Through waves and clouds and storms, He gently clears thy way; Wait thou His time; so … Continue reading

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John Newton, “Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder”

Let us love and sing and wonder, Let us praise the Savior’s name! He has hushed the law’s loud thunder, He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame. He has washed us with His blood, He has brought us nigh to God. … Continue reading

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