"All Glory Be to God on High"
by Nikolaus Decius, 1490?-1541
Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942) p.177
1. All glory be to God on high,
Who hath our race befriended!
To us no harm shall now come nigh,
The strife at last is ended;
God showeth His good will to men,
And peace shall reign on earth again;
Oh, thank Him for His goodness!
2. We praise, we worship Thee, we trust,
And give Thee thanks forever,
O Father, that Thy rule is just
And wise and changes never.
Thy boundless power o'er all things reigns,
'Tis done whate'er Thy will ordains:
Well for us that Thou rulest!
3. O Jesus Christ, Thou only Son
Of God, Thy heavenly Father,
Who didst for all our sins atone
And Thy lost sheep dost gather:
Thou Lamb of God, to Thee on high,
From out our depths, we sinners cry,
Have mercy on us, Jesus!
4. O Holy Ghost, Thou precious Gift,
Thou Comforter unfailing,
O'er Satan's snares our souls uplift
And let Thy power availing
Avert our woes and calm our dread.
For us the Savior's blood was shed;
We trust in Thee to save us.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: Luke 2:14
Author: Nikolaus Decius, 1525
Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Titled: "Allein Gott in der Hoeh' sei Ehr'"
Composer: Nikolaus Decius, 1539, asc.
Tune: "Allein Gott in der Hoeh'"