Here’s an arrangement of easy piano sheet music that younger students might enjoy playing. It also includes the words if you want to sing along.
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We Gather Together Lyrics
(Popular English version by Theodore Baker, 1894)
We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
(Original Dutch version by Adrianus Valerius, 1626)
Wilt heden nu treden voor God den Heere,
Hem boven al loven van herten seer,
End’ maken groot zijns lieven namens eere,
Die daar nu onsen vijant slaat terneer.
Ter eeren ons Heeren wilt al u dagen
Dit wonder bijzonder gedencken toch;
Maekt u, o mensch, voor God steets wel te dragen,
Doet ieder recht en wacht u voor bedrog.
D’arglosen, den boosen om yet te vinden,
Loopt driesschen, en briesschen gelyck een leeu,
Soeckende wie hy wreedelyck verslinden,
Of geven mocht een doodelycke preeu.
Bidt, waket end’ maket dat g’in bekoring,
End’ ‘t quade met schade toch niet en valt.
U vroomheyt brengt den vijant tot verstoring,
Al waer sijn rijck nog eens so sterck bewalt.
About the Song ‘We Gather Together’
The Christian hymn We Gather Together is usually sung during religious services and family gatherings on Thanksgiving Day in the United States. The song comes from the Dutch song Wilt heden nu treden written by poet and composer Adrianus Valerius (also known as Adriaen Valerius). The tune that accompanies the hymn is known as “Kremser” from the score arrangement and lyric translation into Latin and German that Eduard Kremser did in 1877.
Valerius wrote the song during the Dutch War of Independence (1568–1648) fought against the Roman Catholic Habsburg King Philip II of Spain. The largely Protestant provinces of the Low Countries felt oppression from the Spanish ruler as they were not allowed to gather for religious purposes. The song resonated strongly with many of the Dutch people especially with the repression they were experiencing at the time.
The song first appeared in America as part of a hymnal in 1903. It important to note, however, that the English version of the song is not a direct translation of the Dutch lyrics. The hymn became increasingly popular to use during Thanksgiving services for the centennial celebrations of towns and colleges. Nowadays, American churches often sing this song on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
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