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Theologia Germanica

 

Which setteth forth many fair Lineaments of
divine Truth, and saith very lofty and
lovely things touching a
perfect life

 

 

EDITED BY DR. PEIFFER FROM THE ONLY
COMPLETE MANUSCRIPT YET KNOWN

 

 

Translated from the German by
Susanna Winkworth

 

 

With a Preface by the Rev. Charles Kingsley
Rector of Eversley, and a Letter to the Translator by the
Chevalier Bunsen, D.D., D.C.L., etc.

 

 

First published as a volume of the Golden Treasury Series in 1874. New Edition 1893

Reprinted 1901, 1907

 

Scanned from the 1893 Golden Treasury Series edition
by John H. Richards (jhr@elidor.demon.co.uk), March 1995

 

Introductory material scanned from the 1907 reprint
by Harry Plantinga (hplantin@calvin.edu), 1996

 

This electronic text is in the public domain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This work was discovered and published in 1516 by Martin Luther, who said of it that “Next to the Bible and St. Augustine, no book has ever come into my hands from which I have learnt more of God and Christ, and man and all things that are.” It has since appealed to Christians of all persuasions.

 

 

STRONG Son of God, Immortal Love,

Whom we, that have not seen Thy face,

By faith, and faith alone embrace,

Believing where we cannot prove.

*                *                *                *                *

Thou seemest human and divine,

The highest, holiest manhood Thou;

Our wills are ours, we know not how,

Our wills are ours to make them Thine.

*                *                *                *                *

O Living Will that shalt endure,

When all that seems shall suffer shock

Rise in the spiritual Rock,

Flow through our deeds and make them pure.

*                *                *                *                *

That we may lift, from out the dust,

A voice as unto Him that hears,

A cry above the conquered years,

To one that with us works, and trust

*                *                *                *                *

With faith that comes of self‑control

The truths that never can be proved,

Until we close with all we loved

find all we flow from, soul in soul.

 

                                TENNYSON.

 

 

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