Be Present Now

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 blinds.

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!

—”Herr Jesu Christ, Dich Zu Uns Wend” (1648), Hymn # 201 in Lutheran Worship
(may be sung to the tune of “Jesus, Thy Blood and Righteousness,” “Jesus Shall Reign,” or Tallis’ Canon)

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