Sing we the praises of the great forerunner (Johann Crüger)

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  • (Posted 2021-03-02)  CPDL #63277:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2021-03-02)  CPDL #63276:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2021-03-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words.

General Information

Title: Sing we the praises of the great forerunner
Composer: Johann Crüger
Tune: Lobet den Herren
Lyricist: Paul the Deaconcreate page

Translation by Charles Stanley Phillips

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 11 11. 11 5

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
31   2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 315
Description: Melody by Johann Crüger. Text: Paul the Deacon (730-799), Charles Stanley Phillips (1883-1949)

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Sing we the praises of the great forerunner,
tell forth the mighty wonders of his story:
so may his Master cleanse our lips and make them
fit to extol him.

Lo, God’s high herald, swift from heaven descending,
gives to thy father tidings of thy coming,
telling thy name and all the tale of marvels
that shall befall thee.

Oft had the prophets in the time before thee
spoken in vision of the Daystar’s coming;
but when he came, ’twas thou that didst proclaim him
Saviour of all men.