Author of the Lyrics
The author of the encouraging
words of the "Now Thank we all our God" lyrics, Martin Rinkart (April 23, 1586-December 8, 1649),
was born in Eilenburg, Saxony, Germany and
achieved fame as a scholar, chorister, cantor and hymn writer. Rinkart became archdiaconus at Eilenburg in 1617.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Now Thank we all our God", Johann Cruger (April 9, 1598-February 23, 1662),
was born in Gross Breesen, Prussia (located on the border of Germany and Poland) and
became famous as a musicologist, theologist and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Now Thank we all our God
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Martin Rinkart (April 23, 1586
to December 8, 1649)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: Catherine Winkworth (1827 - 1878) who translated the words from German to English
Name of Composer of Music: Johann Cruger (April 9, 1598 to
February 23, 1662)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices, Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices"
First Publication Date:
Now Thank we all our God Lyrics
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers' arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!
All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.