Katholisches Gesangbuch, Vienna, 1774
text by Ignaz Franz (1719-1790)
translated by Clarence Walworth (1820-1900)
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“Holy God, We Praise Thy Name” (original German: “Großer Gott, wir loben dich”) is an ecumenical hymn.
The German Catholic priest Ignaz Franz wrote the lyrics German in 1771 as a paraphrase of the Te Deum,
a Christian hymn in Latin from the 4th century. It became an inherent part of major Christian ceremonial
occasions, mainly as a conclusion song. Due to its memorable melody and theme it is one of the most popular
hymns and prevalent in German-speaking communities.
As a result of the German emigration in the 19th century, the song became known in the United States and
was translated to English by Clarence A. Walworth in 1858, except verse 7 (translated by Hugh T. Henry),
which accounted for its wide spreading around the country.