39. God, In Human Flesh Appearing

1 God, in human flesh appearing,
Took the children to His breast,
Lambs with His green pastures cheering,
Fitting for His heav'nly rest;
This is gentleness unbounded,
This is lowliness of heart;
All are by His love surrounded,
None are ever bid depart.

2 Lord, I bless Thy mercy endless,
For Thy pleasure is to bless;
Me, too, when my soul was friendless,
Thou didst to Thy bosom press;
For I, too, to Thee was given
In the pure baptismal wave;
There Thou mad'st me heir of heaven,
Who hast died my soul to save.

3 Feeble is the love of mother,
Father's blessings are as naught
When compared, my King and Brother,
With the wonders Thou hast wrought;
Thus it pleased Thy heav'nly meekness;
Pleasing also be my praise,
Till my songs of earthly weakness
Burst into celestial lays.

Text Information
First Line: God, in human flesh appearing
Title: God, In Human Flesh Appearing
Translator: M. Loy (1863)
Author: Philipp Friedrich Hiller (1762)
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1930
Topic: The Means of Grace: The Sarraments-Holy Baptism
Tune Information
Meter: 8 7 8 7 D.
Key: B♭ Major
Source: From the German; German chorale: Lasst die Kindlein zu mir kommen

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