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O Princely Child from David’s Stem

December 29th, 2012
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If you are not familiar with Studium Excitare, the web journal of confessional language studies at Martin Lutheran College, you may well wish to subscribe to its feed. It regularly publishes translations of previously untranslated treasures from the age of the Reformation and Lutheran Orthodoxy. Here is a translation of a hymn by Pastor Jeremiah Gumm for noting this on his excellent blog site, also recommended to you.

O Princely Child from David’s Stem
O Fürstenkind aus Davids Stamm (KELG133)

Sung to the tune of “O Morning Star”

by Philip von Zesen

Translated by Aaron Jenson

O Princely Child from David’s Stem,
My Life, my Comfort, and my Friend,
My Soul’s Bridegroom and Savior,
I should thank You eternally
That You draw near in poverty–
What could I give You ever?
We know
No woe,
Joyful always
Sing we God’s praise,
Sadness waning,
For the Prince of Peace is reigning.

I myself full of gladness live–
I know not what I ought to give
The chosen child from above.
Take for Yourself, O Child most kind,
Take now my courage, heart, and mind.
Ignite my soul with Your love.
And be
In me
Sealed securely
That I surely
Ne’er replace You,
But in love ever embrace You.

Stay, Priceless Treasure, Jewel most bright,
Stay with me, O my heart’s Delight,
The Hope of all the weary.
Dew from Heaven, O make me grow.
O Wondrous Manna, Yourself show
To outcasts poor and dreary.
Keep bright
Your Light
On the earth here
As in Heav’n clear.
To those pining
Bring Your Word forever shining.

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  1. December 29th, 2008 at 10:33 | #1

    Thank you for the tip about Studium Excitare. I was previously unaware of it.

  2. January 5th, 2009 at 21:41 | #2

    Great modern version of this hymn! Thank you.

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