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.
Now thank we all our God…
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.