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Supplication for Grace

From the same.5757The original is said to be a hymn by Count Zinzendorf, (“Gott aus dem quilt altes Leben“} which has not yet been identified.

O God of God, in whom combine

The heights and depths of love Divine,

With thankful hearts to Thee we sing!

To Thee our longing souls aspire

In fervent flames of strong desire:

Come, and Thy sacred unction bring.

All things in earth and air and sea

Exist and live and move in Thee;

All Nature trembles at Thy voice:

With awe even we Thy children prove

Thy power. O, let us taste Thy love!

So evermore shall we rejoice.

O powerful Love, to Thee we bow,

Object of all our wishes Thou,

(Our hearts are naked to Thine eye,)

To Thee, who from the eternal throne

Cam’st emptied of Thy Godhead down,

For us to groan, to bleed, to die.

Grace we implore; when billows roll,

Grace is the anchor of the soul;

Grace every sickness knows to heal:

Grace can subdue each fond desire,

And patience in all pain inspire,

Howe’er rebellious nature swell.

O Love, our stubborn wills subdue,

Create our ruin’d frame anew;

Dispel our darkness by Thy light:

Into all truth our spirit guide,

But from our eyes for ever hide

All things displeasing in Thy sight.

Be heaven even now our soul’s abode,

Hid be our life with Christ in God,

Our spirit, Lord, be one with Thine:

Let all our works in Thee be wrought,

And fill’d with Thee be all our thought,

Till in us Thy full likeness shine.



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