Herr Gott, dich loben wir

Herr Gott, dich loben wir. Martin Luther* (1483-1546). This is Luther’s free German version of the ‘Te Deum’*, in one text headed ‘durch D. Marthinum Luther vordeutscht’. It is found in the Rostocker Gesangbuch of 1531, which indicates that it was included in the now lost Wittenberg hymn book of 1529. It is printed in Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied III. 19, from Geistliche lieder auffs new gebessert (Wittenberg, 1531). It is a text of 52 lines, not divided into verses, but intended for antiphonal singing. Jenny, Luthers geistliche Lieder, no. 31, pp. 276-84, prints a melody for two choirs, singing alternately, with ‘Heilig ist unser Gott, der Herren Zebaoth’ sung together as a...

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