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God’s Love to Mankind

From the same.5050By Johann Angelus Scheffler (1624–1677). See Herrnhuth Collection, “Du unver-gleichlichs gut,” No. 605; or Knapp, E.L. p.10.

O God, of good the unfathom’d Sea,

Who would not give his heart to Thee?

Who would not love Thee with his might?

O Jesu, Lover of mankind,

Who would not his whole soul and mind

With all his strength to Thee unite?

Thou shin’st with everlasting rays;

Before the unsufferable blaze

Angels with both wings veil their eyes:

Yet free as air Thy bounty streams

On all Thy works; Thy mercy’s beams,

Diffusive as Thy sun’s, arise.

Astonish’d at Thy frowning brow,

Earth, hell, and heaven’s strong pillars bow;

Terrible majesty is Thine!

Who then can that vast love express

Which bows Thee down to me, who less

Than nothing am, till Thou art mine?

High-throned on heaven’s eternal hill,

In number, weight, and measure still

Thou sweetly orderest all that is:

And yet Thou deign’st to come to me,

And guide my steps, that I with Thee

Enthroned may reign in endless bliss.

Fountain of Good, all blessing flows

From Thee; no want Thy fulness knows:

What but Thyself canst Thou desire?

Yes: self-sufficient as Thou art,

Thou dost desire my worthless heart;

This, only this Thou dost require.

Primeval Beauty! in Thy sight

The first-born, fairest sons of light

See all their brightest glories fade:

What then to me Thy eyes could turn,

In sin conceived, of woman born,

A worm, a leaf, a blast, a shade?

Hell’s armies tremble at Thy nod,

And trembling own the Almighty God,

Sovereign of earth, air, hell, and sky.

But who is This that comes from far,

Whose garments roll’d in blood appear?

’Tis God made man, for man to die!

O God, of good the unfathom’d Sea,

Who would not give his heart to Thee?

Who would not love Thee with his might?

O Jesu, Lover of mankind,

Who would not his whole soul and mind

With all his strength to Thee unite?



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