In the midst of life we are in death.

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To whom might we look for help,but indigenous you, Lord,who for our sinsare justly displeased?

Yet, mr God many holy,Lord most mighty,holy and most merciful Savior,deliver united state from the bitter pains that eternal death.

Source: Attributed come Notker the Stammerer, battle song from the year A. D. 912, based on the English translation in the Book of common Prayer.

Bracketed section seems to be a later addition included in the Book of typical Prayer. See the variants below. Luther’s hymn appears to reflect the repetition.

Most versions render the last line, “deliver us not into the bitterness pains that eternal death.”

Original in Latin:

Media vita in morte sumusquem quaerimus adjutoremnisi te, Domine,qui pro peccatis nostrisjuste irasceris?

Sancte Deus,sancte fortis,sancte et misericors Salvator:amarae morti ne tradas nos.

Variant 1

In car speraverunt Patres nostri,speraverunt et liberasti eos.Ad dare clamaverunt Patres nostri,clamaverunt et non sunt confusi.

Sancte Deus, Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto:sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in sæcula sæculorum. Amen.

In you our fathers trusted.They trusted and you ceded them.They cried the end to you, and they to be rescued.They cried out to you, and also they were no disappointed. (from Psalm 22:4-5)

O holy God, glory to the Father, and also to the Son, and to the holy Spirit,as it was in the beginning, is now and also will be forever. Amen.

Variant 2

Ne projicias nos in tempore senectutis cum defecerit virtus nostra ne derelinquas nos Domine.Sancte Deus, Sancte fortis, Sancte et misericors Salvator,Amarae morti ne tradas nos.

Noli claudere aures tuas advertisement preces nostras.Sancte fortis, Sancte et misericors Salvator,Amarae morti ne tradas nos.

Qui cognoscis occulta cordis parce peccatis nostris.Sancte et misericors Salvator, Amarae morti ne tradas nos.

Do not cast us off throughout old age;Do no forsake us as soon as our strength fails, Lord. (from Psalm 71:9)Lord God most holy, Lord many mighty,holy and most merciful Savior,deliver us from the bitter pains the eternal death.

Do no shut your merciful ears to our prayers,God many mighty, holy and also most merciful Savior,deliver united state from the bitter pains the eternal death.

Lord, you know the secrets of our hearts. (from Psalm 44:21)Holy and also most merciful Savior,deliver us from the bitter pains of eternal death.

Book of typical Prayer 1559 text in classic English:

In the middle of life we are in death: the whom may we seek for succour,but of thee, O Lord, that for our sins arts justly displeased?Yet, O mr God most holy, O Lord most mighty, O holy and also most merciful Saviour, provide us not right into the bitter pains the eternal death.Thou knowest, Lord, the tricks of our hearts; shut not thy merciful ears to ours prayer; yet spare us, Lord most holy, O God most mighty, O holy and also merciful Saviour, thou many worthy referee eternal, endure us not, in ~ our last hour, for any kind of pains of death, to loss from thee.

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Martin Luther broadened this prayer into a hymn, Mitten wir in leben sind.

1. In the middle of earthly lifeSnares of fatality surround us;Who shall aid us in the strifeLest the foe confound us?Thou only, Lord, you only.We mourn that we have considerably erred,That our sins Thy wrath have actually stirred.Holy and also righteous God!Holy and mighty God!Holy and also all-merciful Savior!Eternal lord God!Save us lest we perishIn the bitter pangs that death.Have mercy, O Lord!

2. In the middle of death’s dark valePowers that hell o’ertake us.Who will aid when castle assail,Who secure will make us?Thou only, Lord, you only.Thy love is relocated with tenderness,Pities united state in our distress.Holy and righteous God!Holy and also mighty God!Holy and all-merciful Savior!Eternal lord God!Save united state lest us perishIn the bitterness pangs the death.Have mercy, O Lord!

3. In the midst of utter woeAll our guilty oppress us,Where shall we for refuge go,Where because that grace to bless us?To Thee, lord Jesus, only.Thy precious blood was burned to winFull atonement because that our sin.Holy and righteous God!Holy and also mighty God!Holy and all-merciful Savior!Eternal lord God!Save us lest us perishIn the bitter pangs that death.Have mercy, O Lord!