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194. O love how deep, how broad, how high!

1 O love how deep, how broad, how high!
it fills the heart with ecstasy
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals’ sake.

2 He sent no angel to our race
of higher or of lower place
but wore the robe of human frame
himself, and to this lost world came.

3 For us he was baptized, and bore
his holy fast, and hungered sore;
for us temptations sharp he knew;
for us the tempter overthrew.

4 For us he prayed, for us he taught,
for us his daily works he wrought,
by words and signs and actions, thus
still seeking not himself but us.

5 For us to wicked hands betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death;
for us at length gave up his breath.

6 For us he rose from death again,
for us he went on high to reign,
for us he sent his Spirit here
to guide, to strengthen and to cheer.

7 To him whose boundless love has won
salvation for us through his Son,
to God the Father, glory be
both now and through eternity.

Text Information
First Line: O love how deep, how broad, how high!
Translator: Benjamin Webb, 1819-85
Author: Thomas à Kempis, 1379-1471
Publication Date: 1999
Meter: LM
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: God's Love to Us; Jesus Christ: Baptism; Jesus Christ: Earthly life (7 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Michael Praetorius, 1571-1621
Harmonizer: George Ratcliffe Woodward, 1848-1934
Meter: 88.88
Key: D Major
Source: As adapted from 'Piae Cantiones', 1582

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