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627. O the Depth of Love Divine

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1 O the depth of love divine, the unfathomable grace!
Who shall say how bread and wine God into us conveys!
How the bread his flesh imparts, how the wine transmits his blood,
fills his faithful people’s hearts with all the life of God!

2 Let the wisest mortals show how we the grace receive;
feeble elements bestow a power not theirs to give.
Who explains the wondrous way, how through these the virtue came?
These the virtue did convey, yet still remain the same.

3 How can spirits heavenward rise, by earthly matter fed,
drink herewith divine supplies and eat immortal bread?
Ask the Father’s wisdom how: Christ who did the means ordain;
angels round our altars bow to search it out, in vain.

4 Sure and real is the grace, the manner be unknown;
only meet us in thy ways and perfect us in one.
Let us taste the heavenly powers, Lord, we ask for nothing more.
Thine to bless, ’tis only ours to wonder and adore.

Text Information
First Line: O the depth of love divine
Title: O the Depth of Love Divine
Author: Charles Wesley (1745)
Publication Date: 1989
Topic: The Sacraments and Rites of the Church: Eucharist (Holy Communion or The Lord's Supper); Christian Perfection; Holy Communion
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Carlton R. Young (1986)
Key: F Major
Copyright: Music © 1987 Hope Publishing Co.

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