This is a departure, to be sure, from our normal discourse on English country houses and salons.
Now Thank We all Our God is a recognized tune for a variety of Christian hymns. It was used at the royal ceremony celebrating the marriage of the Crown Prince of Denmark.
What is it about the ancient tunes like Nun Danket Alle Gott that pulls us back into the past, when wars and famine killed the children and wiped out entire villages? How can we all thank our God under such circumstances?
The return of the Ten Thousand invokes our hope for the future. In this most moving chapter of German post-war history, we can thank our God that redeems and devises our Thanksgiving.
Even if it is only a partial redemption for a nation’s debt.
Being a good Episcopalian, I am very familar with that tune, but for pulling me back into the past, I think of all the folk and protest songs of the late ’50 & ’60s.