Der du bist drei in Einigkeit

Der du bist drei in Einigkeit. Martin Luther* (1483-1546). This hymn to the Holy Trinity is Luther’s version of ‘O lux beata Trinitas’*. It is appropriately in three stanzas, although they are not divided into Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, but rather praise the unity throughout. The hymn was probably written ca. 1543, and published in the 1544 ‘Klug’ edition of the Wittenberg hymnal, Geistliche Lieder, where it was entitled ‘Hymnus, O lux beata, verdeutscht’. It is thought to be Luther’s last hymn. It is found in EG (EG 470) unaltered. The melody is essentially that of the Latin original, associated with the plainchant setting of the Latin hymn (it is printed in Jenny, Luthers geistliche...

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