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31. 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, then, most holy,
a lamp within my breast,
to do in spirit lowly
all that may please you best.

2 Love caused thine incarnation,
love brought you here to me;
your thirst for my salvation
procured my liberty.
O love beyond all telling,
that led you to embrace
in love all loves excelling
our lost and fallen race.

3 A glorious crown you give me,
a treasure safe on high,
that will not fail nor leave me
as earthly riches fly.
My heart shall bloom forever
for you with praises new,
and from your name shall never
withhold the honour due.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, how shall I meet you
Title: O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1863, alt.)
Author: Paul Gerhardt (1653)
Publication Date: 1996
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Topic: The Christian Year: Advent; Christian Year: Advent; Jesus Christ: Incarnation (3 more...)
Language: English
Notes: Other translators also
Tune Information
Composer (melody): Melchior Teschner
Harmonizer: William Henry Monk (1861)
Meter: 7 6 7 6 D
Key: C Major
Notes: Alt setting # 122

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