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All glory be to God on high,
who hath our race befriended!
To us no harm shall now come nigh,
the strife at last has ended.
God showeth his goodwill to men,
and peace shall reign on earth again:
O thank him for his goodness!
We praise, we worship thee, we trust
and give thee thanks for ever,
O Father, that thy reign is just
and wise and changes never.
Thy boundless power o'er all things reigns,
done is whate'er thy will ordains:
well for us that thou reignest!
O Jesus Christ, thou only Son
of God, thy heavenly Father,
who didst for all our sins atone
and thy lost sheep dost gather;
thou Lamb of God, to thee on high
from out our depths we sinners cry-
have mercy on us, Jesus!
O Holy Ghost, thou precious Gift,
thou comforter unfailing,
o'er 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.
A translation of
Nikolaus Decius (ca. 1490-1541); trans.