Although it appeared in a Dutch hymnal printed in 1626 (after the Pilgrims sailed to Massachusetts), the Pilgrims probably knew the hymn or about it from the period when they lived in Holland.
The hymn is customarily performed to a tune known as "Kremser", from Eduard Kremser's 1877 score arrangement and lyric translation of Wilt Heden Nu Treden into Latin and German. The modern English text was written by Theodore Baker in 1894.
This hymn is generally sung at American churches the day before Thanksgiving.
'WE GATHER TOGETHER' SERIOUS OR SILLY, FAMILY RITUALS GIVE THANKSGIVING ITS POWER TO UNITE US IN CELEBRATION OF SHARED PAST, HOPE FOR FUTURE
Nov 22, 2001; Most of us associate Thanksgiving with words such as cranberry, yam, pilgrim, and cornucopia. In my family we speak lovingly of...