O Enter, Lord, Thy Temple

Tune: Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren

  1. O enter, Lord, Thy temple,
    Be Thou my spirit’s Guest,
    Who gavest me, the earth-born,
    A second birth more blest!
    Thou in the Godhead, Lord,
    Though here to dwell Thou deignest,
    Forever equal reignest,
    Art equally adored.

  2. Oh, enter, let me know Thee
    And feel Thy pow’r within,
    The pow’r that breaks our fetters
    And rescues us from sin!
    Oh, wash and cleanse Thou me
    That I may serve Thee truly
    And render honor duly
    With perfect heart to Thee!

  3. An olive wild by nature
    Thou graftedst me anew;
    Death preyed upon my vitals
    And claimed me as his due;
    But Christ’s atoning blood,
    In death true comfort granting,
    Drowned death with all his vaunting,
    In His baptismal flood.

  4. Thou art, O Holy Spirit,
    The true anointing Oil
    Through which are consecrated
    Soul, body, rest, and toil
    To Christ, whose guardian wings,
    Where’er their lot appointed,
    Protects His own anointed,
    His prophets, priests, and kings.

  5. Thou, Holy Spirit, teachest
    The soul to pray aright;
    Thy songs have sweetest music,
    Thy prayers have wondrous might.
    Unheard they cannot fall,
    They pierce the highest heaven
    Till He His help hath given
    Who surely helpeth all.

  6. Thy gift is joy, O Spirit,
    Thou wouldst not have us pine;
    In darkest hours Thy comfort
    Doth ever brightly shine.
    And, oh, how oft Thy voice
    Hath shed its sweetness o’er me
    And opened heav’n before me
    And bid my heart rejoice!

  7. All love is Thine, O Spirit;
    Thou hatest enmity;
    Thou lovest peace and friendship,
    All strife wouldst have us flee.
    Where wrath and discord reign,
    Thy whisper kindly pleadeth
    And to the heart that heedeth
    Brings love and light again.

  8. The whole wide world, O Spirit,
    Upon Thy hands doth rest;
    Our wayward hearts Thou turnest
    As it may seem Thee best;
    Once more Thy pow’r make known,
    As Thou hast done so often,
    Convert the wicked, soften
    Thou all the hearts of stone.

  9. O Holy Spirit, hear us
    And make our sorrow cease;
    Thy scattered flock restore now
    To union, joy, and peace;
    Bid flourish once again
    The lands by men forsaken,
    The churches spoiled and shaken
    By war’s unhallowed train.

  10. On those that rule our country,
    Oh! show’r Thy blessings down
    And in Thy loving-kindness
    Adorn, as with a crown,
    With piety our youth,
    With godliness our nation,
    That all, to gain salvation,
    May know Thy heav’nly truth.

  11. With holy zeal then fill us
    To keep the faith still pure;
    And bless our lands and houses
    With wealth that may endure;
    And make the Foe to flee,
    Who in us with Thee striveth,
    From out our heart he driveth
    Whate’er delighteth Thee.

  12. Grant steadfastness and courage
    That bravely we contend
    Against the wiles of Satan;
    O Lord, Thy flock defend!
    Help us to battle well,
    To triumph o’er the devil,
    To overcome the evil
    And all the pow’rs of hell.

  13. Our paths in all things order
    According to Thy mind,
    And when this life is over
    And all must be resigned,
    Oh, grant us then to die
    With calm and fearless spirit
    And after death inherit
    Eternal life on high!

Zeuch ein zu deinen Toren
Paul Gerhardt, 1653
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Source: Stanzas 1–2, 4–7, 13, The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 228
Stanzas 3, 8–12, Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 252


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Paul Gerhardt (portrait at Lübben)

Paul Gerhardt (1607–1676), portrait at the Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche in Lübben.


Author: Paul Gerhardt