Martin Luther's Spiritual songs, tr. by R. Massie

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Page iv - And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea rather blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.
Page xxiii - For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same, my name shall be great among the gentiles, and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.
Page iii - Luther did as much for the Reformation by his hymns as by his translation of the Bible. In Germany, the hymns are known by heart by every peasant : they advise, they argue from the hymns, and every soul in the church praises God, like a Christian, with words which are natural and yet sacred to his mind.
Page xxiii - Who is there even among you that would shut the doors for nought ? neither do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. I have no pleasure in you, saith the Lord of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at your hand.
Page xiii - The older versions of David's Psalms are generally destitute of all poetic merit. Now and then a ray of the genius and the inspiration of the Hebrew bard, breaks through the dullness of their prosaic rhymes, but these are " like angel-visits, few and far between." If it be alleged, as it often is...
Page xxiii - Sing to the LORD a New Song" 529 PSALMS 98 O sing to the LORD a new song: sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Page 17 - It was a strange and dreadful strife When life and death contended; The victory remained with life; The reign of death was ended; Stripped of power, no more he reigns, An empty form alone remains; His sting is lost forever!
Page xix - Christian; for everyone is aware not only of the example of the prophets and kings in the Old Testament who praised God with song and sound, with poetry and psaltery, but also of the common and ancient custom of the Christian church to sing Psalms. St. Paul himself instituted this in I Corinthians...
Page 74 - What though I wait the livelong night, And till the dawn appeareth ? My heart still trusteth in His might, It doubteth not, nor feareth : So let the Israelite in heart, Born of the Spirit, do his part, And wait till God appeareth. 5 Although our sin is great indeed, God's mercies far exceed it : His hand can give the help we need, However much we need it : He is the Shepherd of the sheep, Who Israel doth guard and keep, And shall from sin redeem him. QO "I am oppressed : undertake for me.
Page 18 - So let us keep the festival Whereto the Lord invites us; Christ is Himself the joy of all, The Sun that warms and lights us; By His grace He doth impart Eternal sunshine to the heart; The night of sin is ended!

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