Scripture Verse

The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place. Psalm 68:17


Words: Ul­rich Zwing­li, cir­ca 1529 (Herr, nun heb den Wa­gen selb). Trans­lat­or un­known, be­fore 1900. This hymn is al­so known as Das Kap­pel­er Lied—some think Zwing­li wrote it dur­ing the First War of Kap­pel.

Music: Jön­kö­ping, ar­ranged by D. Ni­cho­las Schaef­fer, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Schaef­fer (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Ulrich Zwingli
Portrait by Albrecht Dürer, 1516


Do Thou direct Thy chariot, Lord,
And guide us at Thy will;
Without Thy aid our strength is vain,
And useless all our skill.
Look down upon Thy saints below
When prostrate laid beneath the foe.

Belovèd Shepherd, who hast saved
Our souls from death and sin,
Uplift Thy voice, awake Thy sheep,
That slumbering lie within
Thy fold; and curb, with Thy right hand,
The rage of Satan’s furious band.

Send down Thy peace and banish strife,
Let bitterness depart;
Revive the spirit of Thy grace
In each true Christian’s heart;
Then shall Thy Church forever sing
The praises of her heavenly king.