318. Within the Father's House

1 Within the Father's house
the Son has found his home,
and to his temple suddenly
the Lord of life has come.

2 The doctors of the Law
gaze on the wondrous child
and marvel at his gracious words
of wisdom undefiled.

3 Yet not to them is giv'n
the mighty truth to know,
to lift the earthly veil which hides
Incarnate God below.

4 The secret of the Lord
escapes each human eye,
and faithful pond'ring hearts await
the full epiphany.

5 Lord, enter now our souls
and teach us by your grace
each dim revealing of yourself
with loving awe to trace,

6 till we behold your face
and know as we are known
you, Holy Spirit, Father, Son,
coequal Three in One.

Text Information
First Line: Within the Father's house
Title: Within the Father's House
Author: James Russell Woodford, 1820-1885 (alt.)
Meter: S.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Epiphany; Christ--Life and ministry of; Christian year--Epiphany
Tune Information
Composer: Johann B. König, 1691-1758 (alt.)
Meter: S.M.
Key: D Major

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