We Believe in One True God

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1 We all believe in one true God,
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
ever-present help in need,
praised by all the heav'nly host,
by whose mighty pow'r alone
all is made and wrought and done.

2 We all believe in Jesus Christ,
Son of God and Mary's Son,
who descended from his throne
and for us salvation won,
by whose cross and death are we
rescued from all misery.

3 We all confess the Holy Ghost,
who from both fore'er proceeds,
who upholds and comforts us
in all trials, fears, and needs.
Blessed, holy Trinity,
praise to you eternally!

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #940

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth (b. Holborn, London, England, 1827; d. Monnetier, Savoy, France, 1878) is well known for her English translations of German hymns; her translations were polished and yet remained close to the original. Educated initially by her mother, she lived with relatives in Dresden, Germany, in 1845, where she acquired her knowledge of German and interest in German hymnody. After residing near Manchester until 1862, she moved to Clifton, near Bristol. A pioneer in promoting women's rights, Winkworth put much of her energy into the encouragement of higher education for women. She translated a large number of German hymn texts from hymnals owned by a friend, Baron Bunsen. Though often altered, these translations continue to be used i… Go to person page >

Author: Tobias Clausnitzer

Clausnitzer, Tobias, born at Thum, near Annaberg, in Saxony, probably on Feb. 5,1619. After studying at various Universities, and finally at Leipzig (where he graduated M.A. in 1643), he was appointed, in 1644, chaplain to a Swedish regiment. In that capacity he preached the thanksgiving sermon in St. Thomas's Church, Leipzig, on "Reminiscere" Sunday, 1645 (ii. Sunday in Lent) on the accession of Christina as Queen of Sweden; as also the thanksgiving sermon at the field service held by command of General Wrangel, at Weiden, in the Upper Palatine, on January 1, 1649, after the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia. In 1649 he was appointed first pastor at Weiden, and remained there (being also appointed later a member of the Consistory, and… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We all believe in one true God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost
Title: We Believe in One True God
German Title: Wir glaube all an einen Gott
Author: Tobias Clausnitzer (1671)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Source: Culmbach-Bayreuth Gesangbuch, 1668; Translation in The Chorale Book for England (London: 1863)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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