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Need grammatical help on a German phrase (romantic literature) involving “ward” (old form of “wurde”)?

While reading Heinrich von Kleist´s Die Marquise von O (very easy to read thanks to Kleist´s extensive usage of commas...), I stumbled upon a phrase which I couldn´t quite explain, even if the ...
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Himmlische dein Heiligtum - shouldn't it be himmlisches?

The famous poem goes like this: Wir betreten, feuertrunken, Himmlische, dein Heiligtum. As I understand, these lines, in normal word order, should be like this: Feuertrunken, wir ...
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“helfen jmdm.” vs. “helfen zu jmdm.”

I thought that helfen required Dative without any preposition, but in one of my favorite songs by J.S.Bach, the lyrics go like this: Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten, O Jesu, o ...