59. The Agony

1. Vain man has measured land and sea,
Fathomed the depths of states and kings,
O’er earth and heav’n explored his way:
Yet there are two vast spacious things,
To measure which doth more behove,
Yet few that sound them—sin and love.

2. Who would know sin, let him repair
To Calvary: there shall he see
A man so pained, that all his hair,
His skin, His garments bloody be!
Sin is that rack, which forces pain
To hunt its food through every vein.

3. Wouldst thou know love? behold the God,
The Man, who for thy ransom died:
Go taste the sacred fount that flowed
Fast-streaming from His wounded side!
Love is that liquor most divine,
God feels as blood, but I as wine.

Text Information
First Line: Vain man has measured land and sea
Title: The Agony
Author: George Herbert, 1593-1632
Meter: 88.88.88
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, by Charles Wesley, 1739, page 27
Copyright: Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: ADORO TE
Composer: Joseph Barnby (1872)
Meter: 88.88.88
Incipit: 33332 12355 55434
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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