Warum willst du draußen stehen

Text and Translations

Based on Genesis 24:31. This hymn appeared in Crüger’s Praxis pietatis melica, 1653, no. 78, in 9 stanzas of 8 lines (1–7, 11, 12). Stanzas 8–10 were added in Ebeling, 1667, 5, no. 50. The full text also appeared in Feustking’s Pauli Gerhardi Geistreiche Hauss- und Kirchen-Lieder, 1707, p. 5.

Warum willst du draußen stehen

Text | Crüger | Ebeling | Feustking


Wherefore dost Thou longer tarry

Catherine Winkworth, omitting stanzas 8–10, in her Lyra Germanica, 2nd Series, 1858, p. 6. Text | Scan

In her Chorale Book for England, 1863, no. 153, the translation of stanzas 3, 5, 11, are also omitted. Text | Scan

Wherefore dost Thou, blest of God

Richard Massie, in Lyra Domestica, vol. 2, 1864, p. 90. Text | Scan

Why, without, then, art Thou staying

John Kelly, 1867, p. 5. Text | Scan