|Text:||It Is a Thing Most Wonderful|
|Author:||William W. How|
|Composer:||Thomas Bishop Southgate|
1. It is a thing most wonderful,
Almost too wonderful to be,
That God’s own Son should come from Heav’n,
And die to save a child like me.
2. And yet I know that it is true;
He chose a poor and humble lot,
And wept, and toiled, and mourned, and died,
For love of those who loved Him not.
3. I cannot tell how He could love
A child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful,
If He could die my love to win.
4. I sometimes think about the cross,
And shut my eyes, and try to see
The cruel nails and crown of thorns,
And Jesus crucified for me.
5. But even could I see Him die,
I could but see a little part
Of that great love, which, like a fire,
Is always burning in His heart.
6. It is most wonderful to know
His love for me so free and sure;
But ’tis more wonderful to see
My love for Him so faint and poor.
7. And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;
Oh, light the flame within my heart,
And I will love Thee more and more,
Until I see Thee as Thou art.
|First Line:||It is a thing most wonderful|
|Title:||It Is a Thing Most Wonderful|
|Author:||William W. How (1872)|
|Source:||Children's Hymns, 1872|
|Notes:||Alternate tune: HERONGATE, traditional melody, in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 597|
|Composer:||Thomas Bishop Southgate (1855)|
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