Scripture Verse

Give glory to the Lord your God. Jeremiah 13:16

Introduction

Words: Ni­ko­laus De­ci­us, in the Ge­sang Buch (Ros­tock, Ger­ma­ny: 1525) (Al­lein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Ro­bert C. Sin­gle­ton in The Ang­li­can Hymn Book, 1868. This trans­la­tion is some­times er­ro­ne­ous­ly cre­dit­ed to Ca­the­rine Wink­worth.

Music: De­ci­us Ni­ko­laus De­ci­us (1485–1541) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of De­ci­us (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

portrait
Robert C. Singleton
1810–1881

Lyrics

To God on high be thanks and praise
For mer­cy ceas­ing ne­ver,
Whereby no foe a hand can raise,
Nor harm can reach us ev­er,
With joy to Him our hearts as­cend,
The source of peace that knows no end,
A peace that none can sev­er.

The hon­ors paid Thy ho­ly name
To hear Thou ever deign­est!
Thou God the Fa­ther, still the same
Unshaken ever reign­est.
Unmeasured stands Thy glo­ri­ous might;
Thy thoughts, Thy deeds, out­strip the light
Our heav’n Thou, Lord, re­main­est.