Prayer of Thanksgiving

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  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!
  4. Text: Anon., The Netherlands, ca. 1626; trans. by Theodore Baker, 1851-1934
    Music: Anon., The Netherlands, ca. 1625; arr. by Edward Kremser, 1838-1914