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Help us, O Lord! Lyrics and Music

The illuminating words and lyrics of the venerated hymn begin with "Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter Upon another year today" as the first line of the hymn. The words and lyrics of the "Help us, O Lord! " hymn were written by its German author Johann Rist. The author of the hymn, Johann Rist, was born on March 8, 1607 and died on August 31, 1667. The name of the composer of the invigorating music that accompanies the "Help us, O Lord! " song of praise has unfortunately been lost over time.  We have placed "Help us, O Lord! " in the category of Old Songs. Enjoy the illuminating lyrics of this popular Christian song and long-established church hymn.

Help us, O Lord! Hymn
Title: Help us, O Lord! *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Johann Rist*** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Hymns Category: Old Songs



Author of the Lyrics
The author of the illuminating words of the "Help us, O Lord! " lyrics, Johann Rist (March 8, 1607-August 31, 1667), was born in Ottensenn, Holstein, Germany and achieved fame as a poet, scholar and hymn writer.

Information about the Hymn
Title of Hymn: Help us, O Lord!
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Johann Rist (March 8, 1607 to August 31, 1667)
Nationality of Author: German

Translator of the Hymn lyrics: Catherine Winkworth (1827 - 1878) who translated the words from German to English

Name of Composer of Music: Unknown
Hymn Category: Old Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter Upon another year today"
First Publication Date: 1642


Help us, O Lord! Lyrics

Help us, O Lord! Behold, we enter
Upon another year today;
In Thee our hopes and thoughts now center,
Renew our courage for the way.
New life, new strength, new happiness,
We ask of Thee-oh, hear and bless!

May every plan and undertaking
This year be all begun with Thee;
When I am sleeping or am waking,
Still let me know Thou art with me.
Abroad do Thou my footsteps guide,
At home be ever at my side.

Be this a time of grace and pardon.
Thy rod I take with willing mind,
But suffer naught my heart to harden;
Oh, let me then Thy mercy find!
In Thee alone, my God, I live;
Thou only canst my sins forgive.

And may this year to me be holy;
Thy grace so fill my every thought
That all my life be pure and lowly
And truthful, as a Christian's ought.
So make me while yet dwelling here
Pious and blest from year to year.

Jesus, be with me and direct me;
Jesus, my plans and hopes inspire;
Jesus, from tempting thoughts protect me;
Jesus, be all my heart's desire;
Jesus, be in my thoughts all day
Nor suffer me to fall away.

And grant, Lord, when the year is over,
That it for me in peace may close;
In all things care for me and cover
My head in time of fear and woes.
So may I when my years are gone
Appear with joy before Thy throne.

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