"Lord, Help Us Ever to Retain"
by Ludwig Helmbold
Translated by Matthias Loy, 1828-1915
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942), p. 209
1. Lord, help us ever to retain
The Catechism's doctrine plain
As Luther taught the Word of Truth
In simple style to tender youth.
2. Help us Thy holy Law to learn,
To mourn our sin, and from it turn
In faith to Thee and to Thy Son
And Holy Spirit, Three in One.
3. Hear us, dear Father, when we pray
For needed help from day to day
That as Thy children we may live,
Whom Thou in Baptism didst receive.
4. Lord, when we fall and sin doth stain,
Absolve and lift us up again;
And through the Sacrament increase
Our faith till we depart in peace.
Notes from _The Lutheran Hymnal_
Hymn #288 from The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Ex. 20: 1-17
Author: Ludwig Helmbold, 1594
Translated by: Matthias Loy, 1880, alt.
Titled: "Her Gott, erhalt uns fuer und fuer"
Tune: "Herr Jesu Christ, mein's"
1st Published in: _As Hymnodus Sacer_
Town: Leipzig, 1625