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469. How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place

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1 How sweet and awesome is the place
with Christ within the doors,
while everlasting love displays
the choicest of her stores.

2 While all our hearts and all our songs
join to admire the feast,
each of us cries, with thankful tongue,
"Lord, why was I a guest?

3 "Why was I made to hear your voice,
and enter while there's room,
when thousands make a wretched choice,
and rather starve than come?"

4 'Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
else we had still refused to taste,
and perished in our sin.

5 Pity the nations, O our God,
constrain the earth to come;
send your victorious Word abroad,
and bring the strangers home.

6 We long to see your churches full,
that all the chosen race
may, with one voice and heart and soul,
sing your redeeming grace.

Text Information
First Line: How sweet and awesome is the place
Title: How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place
Author: Isaac Watts (1707; Alt. 1961, 1990, mod.)
Publication Date: 1990
Meter: C.M.
Scripture: Luke 14:16-24
Topic: The Way of Salvation: Election; Calling; Church: Christ's Presence in (3 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. COLUMBA
Meter: C.M.
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Old Irish hymn melody; alt. 1990



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