Please take "note" of the following…
Matthew Carver has done it again, another hymn translation that is totally wonderful, amazing, awesome and … wonderful, amazing and awesome. This time, he has translated the Augsburg Confession hymn Lord God, Ever Keep For Us The Augsburg Confession Pure. Here is his post from his blog: Hymnoglypt. I see Matthew is using Creative Commons to license his work for distribution, for non commercial purposes, with proper attribution. You'll see that notice at the end of this post. The extended entry contains the German text. Most Lutherans will recognize both suggested tunes, the first is familiar to us with Luther's hymn, "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" and the second tune is familiar to us as "Renew Me, O Eternal Light." As Matthew says, you now have plenty of time to practice it for the next anniversary celebration of the Augsburg Confession, on June 25, from his blog:
"Here is my translation of the Augsburg Confession hymn, "Herr Gott, erhalt uns für und für / die reine Augspurgische… " (C. Becker, 1631), after Helmbold's "Herr Gott, erhalt uns für und für" (TLH#288), originally published with the title "The 21 articles of the Augsburg Confession summarized in song form." This was later reworked by Sigismund von Birken, and appeared in that form in 1668. It is certainly more amenable to congregational singing in the divine service than a similar hymn with longer stanzas by Fabricius, though certainly at the expense of doctrinal precision. The melody appointed is, "Herr Gott, erhalt uns für und für," or "Wohl dem, der in Gottes Furcht steht." Other possible tunes would be "Erhalt uns, Herr, in deinem Wort," and "Herr Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht."
Please post any corrections or concerns over wording.
Article I. Of the Divine Being.
Article II. Of Original Sin.
Article III. Of the Person and Work of Christ.
Article IV. Of Justification of the Poor Sinner Before God.
Article V. Of the Means of Obtaining Faith.
Article VI. Of the Fruits of Faith.
Article VII. Of the Christian Church.
Article VIII. What the Church Is.
Article IX. Of Baptism.
Article X. Of the Supper.
Article XI. Of Confession and Absolution.
Article XII. Of Repentance.
Article XIV. Of Ecclesastical Order.
Article XV. Of Church Customs.
Article XVI. Of Civil Affairs.
Article XVII. Of Christ's Return to Judgment.
Article XVIII. Of Free Will.
Article XIX. Of the Cause of Sin.
Article XXII. Of Saints, How They Should Be Honored.
25. Amen, O Holy Trinity: