Monarch of all, with lowly fear

Monarch of all, with lowly fear. Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen* (1670-1739), translated by John Wesley* (1703-1791). Freylinghausen’s hymn, ‘Monarche aller Ding’*, was published in his Neues Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch (Halle, 1714), in eleven 6-line stanzas. John Wesley translated this into eight 4-line stanzas, omitting 3 (‘Du vollenkommenheit’), 4 (‘Kommt alle her zu mir’), and 8 (‘Du bist die Lebens-Kraft’). His translation was published in Hymns and Sacred Poems (1739) with the title ‘Desiring to praise worthily. From the German.’ The text was as follows:   Monarch of All, with lowly Fear To whom Heav’ns Host their Voices raise, Even Earth and Dust thy Bounties share: Let Earth and...

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