5b. Thou, Jesus Christ, Didst Man Become

1 Thou, Jesus Christ, didst man become
From death us to deliver;
Thy pitying eye beheld our doom,
That we were lost forever;
Thou gavest hope in direst need,
When death and hell with gaping greed
Were ready to devour us.

2 Thou couldst not bear that Satan's might
Had in its grasp enslaved us:
In pity thou didst for us fight,
And hast in mercy saved us.
From heaven Thou cam'st for our release,
To purchase our eternal peace,
By bitter death and suffering.

3 And Thou hast taught us in Thy Word
That faith shall life inherit,
For Thou art merciful, O Lord,
And sav'st us by Thy merit,
If we but simply do believe
That all Thy children shall receive
The blessings Thou hast promised.

4 Our brother Thou art now become--
An honor beyond measure!
Thou wouldst our life with mercy crown,
And give us richest treasure.
The world's contempt we need not fear,
God's Son is now our brother dear:
What power can now destroy us?

5 All praise to Thee eternally,
For all Thy gracious favor;
We are God's children now with Thee,
Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour!
Well may we one and all rejoice,
And praise our God with heart and voice;
He is our gracious Father.

Text Information
First Line: Thou, Jesus Christ, didst man become
Title: Thou, Jesus Christ, Didst Man Become
Author: Olaus Petri, 1497-1552 (1530)
Publication Date: 1901
Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 8 7.
Topic: Advent
Language: English
Notes: Original Form
Tune Information
Composer: Matthäus Greitter (1524)
Meter: 8 7, 8 7, 8 8 7.

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