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681. Our God, to whom we turn

1 Our God, to whom we turn
when weary with illusion,
whose stars serenely burn
above this earth’s confusion,
thine is th emighty plan,
the steadfast order sure
in which the world began,
endures, and will endure.

2 Thou art thyself the truth;
though we who seek to find thee,
have tried, with thoughts uncouth,
in feeble words to bind thee,
it is because thou art
we’re driven to the quest;
till truth from falsehood part,
our hearts can find no rest.

3 All beauty speaks of thee:
the mountains and the rivers,
the line of lifted sea,
where spreading moonlight quivers,
the hymns thy people raaise,
the psalms and anthems strong,
hint at the glorious praise
of thy eternal song.

4 Where goodness comes to light
we glimpse thy plan unfolding;
where justice wins its fight
thou art the Kingdom molding;
the blood of friend as sign
of love for comrade spilt,
reflects the vast design
by which thy hose is built.

5 Thou hidden fount of love,
of peace, and truth, and beauty,
inspire us from above
with joy and strength for duty.
May thy fresh light arise
with each clouded heart,
and give us open eyes
To see thee as thou art.

Text Information
First Line: Our God, to whom we turn
Author: Edward Grubb, 1854-1939
Meter: 67. 67. 66. 66
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Copyright: By permission of Heckford, Norton & Co. Solicitors
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Johann Sebastian Bach, 1685-1750
Meter: 67. 67. 66. 66
Key: a minor
Source: Neu ordentlich Gesangbuch, 1646 (melody)

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