156. O Lord, How Shall I Meet You

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, MostHoly,
your 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 love excelling,
our lost and fallen race!

3 Rejoice, then, you 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.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, how shall I meet you
Title: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Original Language: German
Author (cento): Paul Gerhardt (1653; trans. Composite;)
Publication Date: 1990
Topic: Jesus Christ: The Only Mediator and Redeemer; Christ: Love and Grace of; Christ: Second Coming and Judgment of
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Teschner
Key: B♭ Major

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