Thanksgiving Hymn written to celebrate a Dutch victory over the Spanish in 1597
We Gather Together was written to celebrate a Dutch victory over the Spanish when Prince Maurice of Orange defeated a Spanish Cavalry force under Count Jean de Rie de Varas at the Battle of Turnhouton on January 24, 1597.
We Gather Together
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!