I saw this today from MA on one of the wonderful blogs that I like to read. (On The Bright Side.) I recognized the words from a hymn. She had the name of Johann Cruger after the words, but it made me look it up since I thought while he might have written the music, the words could be by someone else.
Sure enough, the lyrics to this are by Martin Rinkart, a German Lutheran clergyman who lived from 1586 to 1649. He wrote the words to "Now Thank We All Our God" (Nun danket alle Gott) in 1636. It was set to music by Johann Cruger about 1647. It was translated into English by Catherine Winkworth but not until the 19th century.
Now, I MUST tell you, I also looked up the information on the man who wrote the music, Johann Cruger, and I found his story to be fascinating also! Look him up, I don't have any more time, I must go to my Thanksgiving dinner at my Dad's! Take care everyone, and to all my American friends, Happy Thanksgiving and to all my friends around the world, Happy Thursday!! Love you all and am thankful for each one of you.
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