Now thank we all our God

The author of this hymn, Martin Rinkart, was a Lutheran minister in Saxony during the terrible Thirty Years’ War. It’s a testament to faith and gratitude which remain even after unspeakable suffering.

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Now Thank We All Our God
By: Martin Rinchart
 
Now thank we all our God
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done,
In whom his world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms
Has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love
And still is ours today.
 
Oh, may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
And blessed peace to cheer us
And keep us in his grace
And guide us when perplexed
And free us from all harm
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 is highest heaven,
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Now Thank We All Our God Hymn Words: Martin Rinkart, cir­ca 1636 (Nun danket alle Gott); first appeared in Praxis Pietatis Melica (Devotional Tunes, Sweet as Honey) by Johann Crüger (Berlin, Germany: 1647); translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, 1856.


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