Lyrics and Information
Words by unknown Dutch writer, 1626. Translated by Theodore Baker (1851-1934), 1894Tune: KREMSER, a Netherlands folk song, 1625. Arranged by Edward Kremser (1858-1914)Key signature: D major (2 sharps)Time signature: 3/4Meter: 126.96.36.199.Public Domain1. 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. 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, were at our side, all glory be Thine!3. We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant, And pray that Thou still our Defender will be. Let Thy congregation escape tribulation; Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!