CLIX. The Marriage between Christ and the soul

1 Jesus, the heavenly lover gave
His life, my wretched soul to save;
Resolv'd to make his mercy known,
He kindly claims me for his own.

2 Rebellious, I against him strove
'Till melted and constrain'd by love;
With sin and self I freely part,
The heavenly bridegroom wins my heart.

3 My guilt, my wretchedness he knows,
Yet takes and owns me for his spouse;
My debts he pays, and sets me free,
And makes his riches o'er to me.

4 My filthy rags are laid aside,
He clothes me as becomes his bride;
Himself bestows my wedding-dress,
The robe of perfect righteousness.

5 Lost in astonishment, I see,
Jesus, thy boundless love to me;
With angels I thy grace adore,
And long to love and praise thee more.

6 Since thou wilt take me for thy bride,
O keep me, savior, near thy side;
I fain would give thee all my heart,
Nor ever from the Lord depart.

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First Line: Jesus the heavenly lover gave
Title: The Marriage between Christ and the soul
Author: Fawcett
Meter: L. M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1792
Topic: Characters and Representations of Christ: Bridegroom and Husband; Christ: Bridegroom; Christ: Husband (1 more...)
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