The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord

For Advent or Christmas

Words: "Gott sei Dank durch alle Welt," Heinrich Held, 1620-ca.1659, 1643
in Praxis Pietatis Melica, by Johann Crüger, 1659.
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, Chorale Book for England, 1863
(Except Verse 7: Translator or Author Unknown)

Text: Luke 24:27
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets,
he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

Music: "Nun Komm Der Heiden Heiland," Author Unknown, Enchiridion Oder Handbüchlein, Johann Walther (Wittenberg, Germany: 1524)
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Alternate tune: “Gott Sei Dank,” Neues geistreiches Gesangbuch, by Johann A. Freylinghausen (Halle, Germany: 1704)
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1. Let the earth now praise the Lord.
Who hath truly kept His word
And the sinners' Help and Friend
Now at last to us doth send.

2. What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets' heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.

3. Abram's promised great Reward,
Zion's Helper, Jacob's Lord, —
Him of twofold race behold, —
Truly came, as long foretold.1

4. Welcome, O my Savior, now!
Hail! My Portion, Lord, art Thou.
Here, too, in my heart, I pray,
Oh, prepare Thyself a way!

5. King of Glory, enter in;
Cleanse it from the filth of sin,
As Thou hast so often done;
It belongs to Thee alone.

6. As Thy coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
That was ever found in Thee.

7. Comfort my desponding heart:
Thou my Strength and Refuge art.
I am weak, and cunningly
Satan lays his snares for me.

8. Bruise for me the Serpent's head,
That, set free from doubt and dread,
I may cleave to Thee in faith,
Safely kept through life and death,

9. And when Thou dost come again
As a glorious King to reign,
I with joy may see Thy face,
Freely ransomed by Thy grace.


1. Or (from Hopkins, below):

3. David's Lord, and David's Son,
Everlasting in His throne;

Him of twofold race behold,
Truly come, as long foretold. Return

Sheet Music from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. Congregational Edition. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863, Supp. 1865), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #24.

Sheet Music to "Original Tune" from William Sterndale Bennett and Otto Goldschmidt, eds., The Chorale Book For England. (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green, 1863), Translator: Catherine Winkworth, #24.

Sheet Music from O. Hardwig, ed., The Wartburg Hymnal (Chicago: Wartburg Publishing House, 1918), #117

Hardwig omits verse 7.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #49, p. 78.

Hopkins also omits verse 7.
"For Advent"
Translation from The Chorale Book for England [Catherine Winkworth].
Tune: Freylinghausen's
Geistreiches Gesangbuch, 1704.

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