We Gather Together

This hymn is based on "Wilt heden nu treden" a Dutch hymn written in in 1625. The English hymn, which is not a direct translation, was made in 1894 by Theodore Baker (1851–1934), and is widely used in America at Thanksgiving.

With meter 12.11.12.11, it is almost always set to the tune KREMSER - from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden.


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Lyrics:

We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, was at our side; all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

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