Now let every tongue adore You!
Let all together sing before You!
Let harps and cymbals now unite!
All Your deeds of love are glorious,
Where we partake through faith victorious,
With loved ones round Your throne of light.
No mortal eye has seen,
No mortal ear has heard
More wondrous things.
Therefore, with joy
Our song shall soar
In praise to You forevermore.
Philipp Nicolai (1556-1608) was a German Lutheran pastor and poet who is best known as a hymn writer and musician. He is said to be the last of the Meistersinger tradition, in which one person composed both the text and melody. Nicolai’s two most famous hymns were the inspiration for two cantatas by J.S. Bach.