104. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

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1 O Lord, how shall I meet you,
how welcome you aright?
Your people long to greet you,
my hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy,
a lamp within my breast,
to do in spirit lowly
all that may please you best.

2 Love caused your incarnation;
love brought you down to me;
your thirst for my salvation
procured my liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
that led you to embrace
in love, all loves excelling,
our lost and fallen race.

3 You come, O Lord, with gladness,
in mercy and goodwill,
to bring an end to sadness
and bid our fears be still.
In patient expectation
we live for that great day
when your renewed creation
your glory shall display.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, how shall I meet you
Title: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1653)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: Luke 12:23; John 3:16; Colossians 3:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Peter 5:4
Topic: Christ's Return; Incarnation; Salvation (2 more...)
Language: English
Notes: trans.: "and others"
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Teschner (1614)
Harmonizer: William Henry Monk (1861)
Key: B♭ Major

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Though many Advent hymns address Christ with entreaty and invitation, this more contemplative text considers how an individual prepares for and responds to Christ’s coming. It also brings together a recollection of the First Coming with an anticipation of the Second Coming.

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