Valerius

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Alphabe Thursday,  letter V
Found no familiar hymns beginning with V, so I am featuring Adrianus Valerius who wrote one of my favorites:
We  Gather Together
According to http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/v/a/l/valerius_a.htm:
Born: 1575, Mid­dle­burg, Hol­land.
Died: Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1620, Veere, Hol­land.
A Frenchman by birth, Va­ler­i­us was the son of a mil­i­ta­ry clerk and no­ta­ry.
If he had mere­ly been a no­ta­ry and al­der­man, Va­ler­i­us would have been long for­got­ten; bBut he al­so be­longed to the re­der­ij­kers­kam­er (cham­ber of el­o­quent speak­ers) of Veere, an am­a­teur po­ets’ so­ci­e­ty. Va­ler­ius on­ly wrote re­li­gious texts, though this was un­com­mon in the re­der­ij­kers­move­ment. He penned a num­ber Dutch hymns, ma­ny of which are still sung today, col­lect­ed in his Ne­der­landtsche ge­denck-clanck (Dutch re­mem­brance-tunes).
We Gather Together
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

One Response

  1. Great message in that old hymn that never grows old. Every generation is blessed to hear its message.

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