Prayer of Thanksgiving



  1. 1. We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;

    He chastens, and hastens his will to make known;

    The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.

    Sing praises to his name;

    He forgets not his own.

  2. 2. Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,

    Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;

    So from the beginning the fight we were winning;

    Thou, Lord, wast at our side;

    All glory be thine!

  3. 3. We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,

    And pray that thou still our defender wilt be.

    Let thy congregation escape tribulation;

    Thy name be ever praised!

    O Lord, make us free!

Text: Anon., The Netherlands, ca. 1626; trans. by Theodore Baker, 1851–1934

Music: Anon., The Netherlands, ca. 1625; arr. by Edward Kremser, 1838–1914