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Uploaded on Mar 10, 2007
Now Thank We All Our God Hymn Words: Martin Rinkart, circa 1636 (Nun danket alle Gott); first appeared in Praxis Pietatis Melica (Devotional Tunes, Sweet as Honey) by Johann Crüger (Berlin, Germany: 1647); translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, 1856. Music: Nun Danket, attributed to Johann Crüger, 1647; harmony by Felix Mendelssohn, 1840. Though the tune is found Crüger's Praxis Pietatis Melica, and is attributed to Crüger, Catherine Winkworth believed Martin Rinkart wrote the tune in 1644. Martin Rinkart, a Lutheran minister, was in Eilenburg, Saxony, during the Thirty Years' War. Soon afterward, the Thirty Years' War ended, and Rinkart wrote this hymn for a grand celebration service. It is a testament to his faith that, after such misery, he was able to write a hymn of abiding trust and gratitude toward God.