Lord Jesus Christ Be Present Now

This is a hymn of petition for Jesus' presence. It is based on "Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend", a hymn by Wilhelm II, Duke of Sachs-Weimar (1598-1662)which was published in 1651.

It was translated to English by Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878) and first published in The Chorale Book for England, 1863.

With meter, it is set to the tune HERR JESU CHRIST attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750), which was published in the Cantionale Germanicum in 1628.


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As the first hymn in a church service:

Choir, unaccompanied:

Choir with organ:

Instrumental version - solo violin


Lord Jesus Christ, be present now;
Our hearts in true devotion bow.
Your Spirit send with light divine,
And let your truth within us shine.

Unseal our lips to sing your praise
In endless hymns through all our days;
Increase our faith and light our minds;
And set us free from doubt that binds.

Then shall we join the hosts that cry,
"O holy, holy, Lord Most High!"
And in the light of that blest place
We then shall see you face to face.

All glory to the Father, Son,
And Holy Spirit, Three in One!
To you, O blessed Trinity,
be praise throughout eternity!

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