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O Durchbrecher aller Bande

O Durchbrecher aller Bande. Gottfried Arnold* (1666-1714). First published in Arnold’s Göttliche Liebes-Funcken. Aus dem grossen Feuer der Liebe Gottes in Jesu Christo entsprungen und gesammelt von Gottfried Arnold (Frankfurt am Main, 1698). It had eleven stanzas of 8 lines, reduced in EG to eight. It occurs in the ‘Umkehr und Nachfolge’ section of EG, and it is a demanding hymn, showing the influence of the Pietist movement on Gottfried and his contemporaries. God’s grace will free us from the Adam within us (‘unsern Adamssinn’, verse 1) but we sigh, wrestle, cry, and pray to be freed from the earthly bonds of sin (‘Schau doch aber unsre Ketten,/ da wir mit der Kreatur/ seufzen, ringen,...

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