Bless and Keep Us, God

Original German Text by Dieter Trautwein

Music by Ron Klusmeier
English Translation by Fred Kaan
Tune Name: NARAMATA

Lyrics as Poetry

Bless and keep us, God, in your love united,
from your family never separated.
You make all things new as we follow after;
whether tears or laughter,
we belong to you.

Blessing shrivels up when your children hoard it;
help us, God, to share, for we can afford it.
Blessing only grows in the act of sharing,
in a life of caring,
love that heals and glows.

Fill your world with peace, such as you intended.
Help us prize the earth, love, replenish, tend it.
Lord, uplift, fulfill all who sow in sadness:
Let them reap with gladness,
by your harvest thrilled.


Words by
Fred Kaan
Copyright © 1985 by Hope Publishing Company
(Carol Stream, Illinois) for USA and Canada
Copyright © 1985 by Stainer & Bell Limited
(London, England) for all other territories

Comments About Song

• Author Fred Kaan, from his book
THE ONLY EARTH WE KNOW
(Hope Publishing Company,
1999, page 115):

“A translation of a text by the prominent contemporary German hymn-writer, Dieter Trautwein. The original was first sung at the 1979 Kirchentag in Nüremberg. I first introduced the English version at a Kaan Hymn Festival at the 1980 Princeton Conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The hymn has become one of the most popular hymns in Europe, having been translated into at least ten languages.”


The Only Earth We Know
(Hymn Texts by Fred Kaan)
is co-published by:Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, IL USA
(for USA and Canada)Stainer & Bell, Limited
London, England
(for all other countries)


Audio Sample

BLESS AND KEEP US, GOD
One Verse
played on piano by Ron Klusmeier

Season, Theme
or Subject

  • Discipleship
  • Earth, Earth Day
  • Ecology
  • Environment (care of)
  • Faith
  • Forgiveness
  • God∶ love of
  • Hope
  • Inclusiveness
  • Justice, Human Rights
  • Love∶ God's
  • Nature
  • Peace
  • Praise
  • Prayer
  • Share, Sharing
  • Translations∶  Orig. German: D. Trautwein
  • Trust
  • Worship

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