Christopher Boyd Brown says the Reformation came about as much by the singing of Reformation hymns as it did through Reformation writings and preaching and teaching. Joseph Herl suggests that the image of the volks kirche spontaneously breaking out in song is a bit more romance than fact. Either way, both are agreed that the Lutheran hymn was key to the Reformation -- both in its initial form with Luther's own hymn texts and tunes and in the later periods when the Reformation faith was under duress. I am not here to argue this point. It is a given. The faith proclaimed from pulpit and written into confession had its counterpart in the hymns sung in the congregation and at home. Even in areas where Rome and Wittenberg took turns as dominant religious expression, the Reformation chorale remained even after the papal mass had been brought back.
The more i seek you,
the more i find you
The more i find you, the more I love you
I wanna sit at your feet
drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breath, here your heart beat
This love is so deep, it's more than I can stand.
I melt in your peace, it's overwhelming
Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice,