O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
Joachim Neander wrote this song originally in German, it was called “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren”, and was published in 1680. It was translated by Catherine Winkworth. He died young (age 30) from Tuberculois, writing 60 hymns before he died. He was a pietist in his faith, and was often at odds with the established Lutheran church.
Winkworth was a forerunner of hymn translators. Born in English. She translated many hymns. She never married and spent her life in demand as a companion, business and secretarial assistant, housekeeper and babysitter.
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