A Hymn on Baptism

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I come, O God, back to this bath,
With sorrow for my many sins,
To claim the death that stilled Your wrath,
And take the life Your word begins.

I come, O Jesus, to this stream
Which flowed out from Your pierced side
With blood that did the world redeem
And pours new life on what has died.

I come, O Spirit, to this birth,
In which you make me God’s dear child,
Where sinners find their Savior’s worth
And cleansing for what they’ve defiled.

I come, O Holy Trinity
To claim the name You placed on me,
To find forgiveness full and free
And praise Your name eternally.


(Late Addition)

Thanks to frequent BJS commentor Marc from Cincy for setting this tune to music as follows:

About Pastor Mark Preus

Mark Preus is pastor of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church and Campus Center in Laramie, WY. He graduated from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne with an M.Div. in 2008 and then obtained an M.A. in Classics at the University of KS in 2010. He was ordained at Faith Lutheran Church, Wylie, TX in August of 2010. He has been married to Becky since 2005. God has graciously given them four daughters and five sons. Pr. Preus loves to read and write poetry, especially Lutheran hymns, and talk theology with anybody who has an ear to listen. He also likes coffee too much and tobacco too much, as well as microbrew beer. He can also prove with reasonable certainty that Paul Gerhardt wrote most of his hymns while smoking and drinking beer.

You can find more of Pr. Preus's writings at his blog.


A Hymn on Baptism — 5 Comments

  1. Mark: Nice!

    If there isn’t a tune for this hymn, I’d be willing to write one for you. Just let me know.

    In Christ,
    Rev. Robert Mayes
    Beemer, NE

  2. It should not be difficult to find a tune; the metrics are those probably found in the most hymns. Just off the top of my head:
    The Common Doxology
    From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
    When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

  3. FYI – I created and submitted the score on the 22nd after reading Joya’s question. The tune just hit me then. This was before your offer to do so Pr. Mayes, so please don’t feel slighted.

    Mark has asked me to lower the pitch, so I’ll get on that soon.

    Sorry I misspelled “Preus” on the score. Stay tuned for an update in a few weeks, via Norm.

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