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Geist des Glaubens, Geist der Stärke

Geist des Glaubens, Geist der Stärke. Karl Johann Philipp Spitta* (1801-1859). This hymn for Pentecost was first published in Spitta’s Psalter und Harfe (Pirna, 1833). It was entitled ‘Der Geist der Väter’. It had ten 8-line stanzas: it prays for the spirit that was found in a series of patriarchs and prophets, Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Elijah, followed by the Apostles and Stephen. It is found in the ‘Pfingsten’ (‘Whitsun’) section of EG in nine stanzas (EG 137), omitting verse 4, referring to Joseph: Gieb uns Joseph’s keuche Sitten, Wenn die Welt ohn’ Schaam und Zucht Uns durch Dränen, uns durch Bitten In ihr Garn zu ziehen sucht. Lehr’ uns fliehen, lehr’ uns meiden Diese...

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