Wir glauben all an einen Gott

Wir glauben all an einen Gott. Martin Luther* (1483-1546). This is Luther’s free rendering of the Creed, divided into three stanzas, to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost (EG 183). It was first published in Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn (Wittenberg, 1524) in three 10-line stanzas, with the title ‘Das deudsche Patrem’, referring to the first words of the Credal response (‘Patrem omnipotentem…’), following the priest’s ‘Credo in unum Deum’. The first two lines are based on an earlier text in German and Latin found in a Breslau MS of 1417. The remainder of the hymn sets out the principal articles of the Creed: in the first stanza we believe in God, ‘Schöpfer Himmels und der Erden’ (‘maker...

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