119. O Lord, how shall I meet thee

1 O Lord, how shall I meet thee,
How welcome thee aright?
Thy people long to greet thee,
My Hope, my heart's Delight!
O, kindle, Lord, most holy,
Thy lamp within my breast
To do in spirit lowly
All that may please thee best.

2 Love caused thine incarnation,
Love brought thee down to me;
Thy thirst for my salvation
Procured my liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
That led thee to embrace,
In love all love excelling,
Our lost and fallen race!

3.Rejoice, then, ye sad-hearted,
Who sit in deepest gloom,
Who mourn o'er joys departed
And tremble at your doom.
Despair not, he is near you,
Yea, standing at the door,
Who best can help and cheer you
And bids you weep no more.

4 Sin's debt, that fearful burden,
Let not your soul distress;
Your guilt the Lord will pardon
And cover by his grace.
He comes, for men procuring
The peace of sin forgiv'n,
For all God's sons securing
Their heritage in heav'n.

Amen.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, how shall I meet thee
Original Language: German
Author: Paul Gerhardt (a653, cento)
Meter: 7. 6. 7. 6. D.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1961
Scripture:
Topic: Christ, The Lord Jesus; Christ: Atoning work of; Christ: Love and Grace of (3 more...)
Source: Tr. composite
Tune Information
Name: ST. THEODULPH
Composer: Melchior Teschner (c. 1615)
Meter: 7. 6. 7. 6. D.
Key: C Major



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