The harvest and blessings of the Lord for the past year are celebrated as Thanksgiving Day in the United States. This joyful festival is one of the six national holidays of the US, and hence, is commemorated with immense zeal and enthusiasm. Lavish feasts, family gatherings, colorful parades, exciting football matches, singing hymns and songs, and holidaying are some of the most prominent customs followed during this period. "We Gather Together" is a traditional Dutch hymn, sung at Thanksgiving Day service, penned by Adrianus Valerius as "Wilt Heden Nu Treden". It was originally sung to a traditional Dutch folk tune, but was later performed on "Kremser", arranged by Edward Kremser, after Theodore Baker translated the hymn into English. Initially, the hymn was written to celebrate the freedom of Dutch from the Spanish domination. Today, it is more popularly linked with Thanksgiving celebrations. Given here are the lyrics of the "We Gather Together" hymn. Read on.
We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!