O Gott, du Tiefe sonder Grund

O Gott, du Tiefe sonder Grund. Ernst Lange* (1650-1727). First published in Johann Anastasius Freylinghausen*’s Neues Geist-reiches Gesang-Buch (Halle, 1714). It is a huge hymn of ten 14-line stanzas (the text may be found in John Nuelsen, John Wesley und das deutsche Kirchenlied, 1938, translated as John Wesley and the German Hymn, Calverley, Yorkshire, 1972). It is not found in EG, but it is annotated here because it was the German text for one of John Wesley*’s earliest and greatest translations, ‘O God, thou bottomless abyss’*. It is a magnificent hymn on the majesty and goodness of God, who began in eternity (‘Dein ursprung ist die Ewigkeit’, verse 2), who fills all creation with...

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