Hymn & History
Numbers 6:24-25

“We Gather Together”

Author unknown, 1626


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Hymnal Journaling

Many of the great hymns of the church express the purpose of the CBJ mission – have a walk that is ”Nearer My God To Thee”.

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Hymn & History
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Hymn Lyrics


Original text of 1625:

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.

Beside us to guide us,
our God with us
joining, ordaining,
his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning
the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side:
all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee,
thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou
still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation
endure through tribulation:
thy name be ever praised!
O Lord, make us free!

The Author of the Hymn


In some hymnals, the editors noted that a hymn’s author is unknown to them, and so this artificial “person” entry is used to reflect that fact. Obviously, the hymns attributed to “Author Unknown” “Unknown” or “Anonymous” could have been written by many people over a span of many centuries. 

History of Hymn


The original Dutch text of this hymn, “Wilt heden nu treden,” was first published in 1626 by Adrian Valerius in his Nederlandtsch Gedenckclanck, though it may have been written earlier, in the late 16th century. The author is unknown. This text was written in celebration of the freedom of the Netherlands from Spanish rule. Theodore Baker, an American music scholar, translated the text into English in 1894 for an anthem titled “Prayer of Thanksgiving.”

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