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As the first post in a series on the historical Lutheran Benedictus hymns (which were by no means "substitutes" for the Benedictus at matins, but rather were sung as the chief hymn for the Nativity of John the Baptist on June 24), I am offering a revision of my own translation of Johann Heermann's straightforward paraphrase of the Luke text from 1647. The prescribed melody was "Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir."
He raised salvation's mighty horn
1. Gelobet sei Israels Gott,