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Feed: HYMNOGLYPT Posted on: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 9:09 AM Author: Matt Carver (Matthaeus Glyptes) Subject: Sankt Stephanus voll Glaubens war
Here is my translation of Nicolaus Selnecker's hymn for the feast of St. Stephen (Dec. 26), originally published in Christliche Psalmen, Lieder und Kirchgensenge (Leipzig, 1587). The melody, according to Kümmerle, seems to be a simplification of a tune first appearing in Lauterbach's Cithara, Christiana, Psalmodiarum sacrarum libri VII, latine et germanice (Leipzig, 1585).
SAINT STEPHEN, full of faith and might, Great wonders wrought in open sight, Christ Jesus freely praised as Lord, False teachers shamed with one accord.
2. Wherefore He soon was called to cease, To preach Christ's news of heavn'ly peace, Was taken from the city bound, By wicked men a martyr crowned.
3. He saith, My Lord to stand I see Upon the right of Majesty. Him will I with my death adore And gladly go, content e'ermore.
4. His spirit then he humbly laid Into the hands of Christ, and prayed, Lord Jesus, oh, my spirit now Receive, and with Thy grace endow.
5. Forbear my foes' misdeeds to bind, Who in their rage are rendered blind Make known to them their misery, And loose them from sin's tyranny.
6. Lord Jesus, help us every hour, That we may thus be given pow'r With constancy Thee to confess, And ever dwell in blessedness.