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FW: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (welchs wir…)
Feed: HYMNOGLYPT Posted on: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 9:41 AM Author: Matt Carver (Matthaeus Glyptes) Subject: Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (welchs wir…)
Here is my translation of the hymn "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (welchs wir bisher…)" (C. Spangenberg, 1577), which is the original Luther hymn of the same first line interpolated, exposited, and expanded to 24 stanzas. The hymn was printed with the title "A fine spiritual hymn, Erhalt uns… etc., with more explanation who the Pope and Turk are, viz., that they may not only be found in Rome and Constantinople, but that the abomination of desolation may be already recognized as standing in the holy place (Dan. 9; Matt. 24)." The first stanza has been stretched out to encompass nineteen, largely a defense of Original Sin against the heretics. Then the two deprecatory stanzas by J. Jonas are inserted, followed by the other two original stanzas to Christ and the Holy Spirit, and the Da pacem, Verleih uns Frieden, which in most places had become attached to Erhalt uns, Herr. Spangenberg wrote the interpolating stanzas during his exile. The tune is the proper, "Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort." Here it is in F. Layriz' Kern… :
LORD, KEEP US steadfast in Thy Word Which we until this day have heard According to Thy Bible dear, And Luther's writings pure and clear.
2. Restrain the murd'rous Pope and Turk, Who now and in all places work With zealous craft and cunning rage, To drive pure doctrine from the stage.
3. The Pope are all that learnèd fray Who ever in our time purvey False doctrines of their fallen sense, And steal Christ's praise and glory hence.
4. The needfulness of works they teach, Eternal blessedness to reach; The freedom of the will they laud With pow'r to turn itself to God.
5. Of fallen nature thus they would Fain make a creature wise and good As 'were not fallen, nor had been By God abhorred as utter sin,
6. They say this nature good is still And in its substance doth no ill, But any evil that is done Comes from its accident alone.
7. Now as the Pope, before His God, Doth boast a nature all unflawed And free from any stain of sin, So do these worldly-learned men.
8. O Lord, the Antichrist behold, Who with his mind and cunning bold As fools a countless host hath caught, And brings Thy needy Church to naught.
9. The Turk are all those lords of pow'r Who fain by force would make us cow'r, That we might not the truth proclaim, Or else would drive us hence in shame.
10. For all those worldly rulers who Wage war against Thy doctrine true And fight the faithful teacher's work,— They are no better than the Turk.
11. Those mighty lords who thus afflict Thy servants, and from home evict, And would reform the Holy Ghost, To render service to their host,—
12. These lords will not allow it said The human nature's poisoned, dead, Though Scripture says man's being whole, Words, will, and deeds with sin are full.
13. Just as the erring Turk would claim, God made him free from sin and shame, They in creation take more pride Than in the Lord, the Crucified.
14. A pow'r of nature thus they own, And rob the pow'r of faith alone, Nor will ascribe to utter grace The pow'r to stand before Thy face.
15. They say, If nature bore such stain, It never could salvation gain, And thus they teach that nature pure Must be, salvation to ensure.
16. They fain would tear from off Thy throne Christ Jesus, Thy belovèd Son, And put their nature in His stead, As if a creature purely bred.
17. For they a mighty barrier place Between performed unrighteousness And human nature since the fall: No sin, they say, it bears at all.
18. And any who denounce their dream, They will not hear him or esteem, But rather charge with heresy And exile from the ministry.
19. Oh, be not silent, Lord, but see, And render judgment speedily On those who still Thy truth oppose; Spare not, O Lord, Thy hardened foes:
20. Destroy their counsels, Lord our God, And smite them with an iron rod, And let them fall into the snare Which for Thy Christians they prepare.
21. So that at last they may perceive That, Lord our God, Thou still dost live, And dost deliver mightily All those who put their trust in Thee.
22. Lord Jesus Christ, Thy pow'r make known, For Thou art Lord of Lords alone; Shield Thy poor Christendom, that we May evermore sing praise to Thee.
23. Thou Comforter of priceless worth, Give one mind to Thy flock on earth, Stand by us in our final strife, And lead us out of death to life.
24. Grant us Thy peace in mercy, Lord Peace in our time assure us, None other could our help afford, None other could fight for us, But Thou, O our God, Thou only.