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A Metrical Gloria in Excelsis

Nicolaus Decius, 1526, 1539

All glory be to Thee, Most High,

To Thee all adoration!

In grace and truth Thou drawest nigh

To offer us salvation.

Thou showest Thy good will toward men,

And peace shall reign on earth again;

We praise Thy Name forever.

We praise, we worship Thee, we trust,

And give Thee thanks forever,

O Father, for Thy rule is just

And wise, and changes never.

Thy hand almighty o’er us reigns,

Thou doest what Thy will ordains;

’Tis well for us Thou rulest.

O Jesus Christ, our God and Lord,

Son of the Heavenly Father,

O Thou, who hast our peace restored,

The straying sheep dost gather,

Thou Lamb of God, to Thee on high

Out of the depths we sinners cry:

Have mercy on us, Jesus!

O Holy Ghost, Thou precious gift,

Thou Comforter, unfailing,

From Satan’s snares our souls uplift,

And let Thy power, availing,

Avert our woes and calm our dread;

For us the Saviour’s blood was shed,

We trust in Thee to save us!

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