Inspiring Lyrics--"We Gather Together"
Puppyfoot on 11/18/2008
|In the United States, this hymn is usually sung to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. In this quiz, you will choose the correct lyrics from the verses of the hymn.|
Adrianus Valerius wrote "We Gather Together," a Christian hymn, in the Netherlands in 1597. He wrote it to celebrate the victory of the Dutch over the Spanish in the Battle of Turnhout. This battle was part of a war being fought by the Dutch for independence from Spain. The King of Spain, Philip II, was Catholic, and he forbade the Dutch Protestants to congregate for worship. The words to the hymn obviously address this issue, emphasizing the importance of worshiping God together and asking for His blessings on human endeavors. A 1626 book containing Dutch patriotic songs contained the first printed publication of "We Gather Together." In 1894, Theodore Baker translated the lyrics into the English text familiar to us today.
The tune usually used with this hymn was written by Eduard Kremser in 1877. Kremser wrote the arrangement to accompany the translation of "We Gather Together" into Latin and German.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE: I realize that many hymns have different versions of lyrics because they have been revised over the years. If you feel that any of the "wrong" answers on this quiz are actually correct and can send me information verifying this, I will gladly consider changing the answers. Thanks for your help.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004.
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