53: Paul Speratus, Salvation Unto Us Has Come


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In the fall of 1523 Paul Speratus penned his most famous hymn, Es ist das Heil uns kommen her, “Salvation Unto Us Has Come.” It was one of the hymns in the first Lutheran hymnal in 1524, commonly known as Achtliederbuch (literally “Eight Song Book,” thus called because it contained eight hymns), but formally titled Etlich christlich lider. It was originally identified as “A Hymn of Law and Faith, Powerfully Furnished with God’s Word.” This hymn, originally 14 stanzas, is well-known in Lutheranism and has been called “the true confessional hymn of the Reformation and the poetical counterpart of Luther’s preface to the Epistle to the Romans.”

Text: Paul Speratus, “Salvation Unto Us Has Come,” LSB 555


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