O gläubig Herz, gebenedei

O gläubig Herz, gebenedei. Michael Weisse* (ca. 1480-1534). This hymn of praise was printed in Ein new Geseng buchlen (Jungbunzlau, Bohemia, 1531), where it had nine 7-line stanzas, and was entitled ‘Nu freut euch lieben christen’ (‘now rejoice, you beloved Christians’). The ‘beloved Christians’ refers to the believing heart (‘gläubig Herz’) of line 1, which is exhorted to give praise and thanks to God. All nine stanzas are printed in EG in the ‘Loben und Danken’ (‘praise and thanks’) section (EG 318). A variant text is printed by Wackernagel, Das Deutsche Kirchenlied III. 291, from an Anabaptist book, Außbund Etlicher schöner Christlicher Geseng (1583), where it is attributed to Walpurg...

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