"Word Supreme, Before Creation"
                           by John Keble, 1792-1866
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)

	1. Word Supreme, before creation
	Born of God eternally,
	Who didst will for our salvation
	To be born on earth and die,
	Well Thy saints have kept their station,
	Watching till Thine hour drew nigh.

	2. Now 'tis come. and faith espies Thee;
	Like an eaglet in the morn
	One in steadfast worship eyes Thee,
	Thy beloved, Thy latest born.
	In Thy glory he descries Thee
	Reigning from the Tree of scorn.

	3. Much he asked in loving wonder,
	On Thy bosom leaning, Lord.
	In the secret place  f thunder
	Answer kirid didsot Thou accord,
	Wisdom for Thy Church to I)onder
	Till the day of dread award.

	4. Lo, heaven's doors lift up, revealing
	How thy judgements earthward move;
	Scrolls unfolded, trumpets pealing,
	Wine-cups from the wrath above;
	Yet o'er all a soft voice stealing,
	"Little children, trust and love."

	5. Thee, the almighty King eternal,
	Father of the eternal Word,
	Thee, the Father's Word supernal,
	Thee, of both the Breath adored,
	Heaven and earth and realms infernal
	Own one glorious God and Lord. Amen.

Notes: Hymn #271 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: John 21:20 Author: John Keble, 1856, cento Tune: "Sieh, hier bin ich" 1st Published in: _Geistrieches Gesangbuch_ Town: Darmstadt, 1698
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