704. Oh 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 Jesus, let Your Word be
A lamp to light my way,
To show me how to please You,
To guide me every day.

2 Your Zion strews before You
Green boughs and fairest palms;
And I too will adore You
With joyous songs and psalms.
My heart shall bloom forever
For You with praises new
And from Your name shall never
Withhold the honor due.

3 I lay in fetters, groaning;
You came to set me free.
I stood, my shame bemoaning;
You came to honor me.
A glorious crown You give me,
A treasure safe on high
That will not fail or leave me
As earthly riches fly.

4 Love caused Your incarnation;
Love brought You down to me.
Your thirst for my salvation
Procured my liberty.
Oh, love behond all telling,
That led You to embrace
In love, all love excelling,
Our lost and fallen race.

5 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,
He's standing at the door
Who best can help and cheer you
And bids you weep no more.

6 He comes to judge the nations,
A terror to His foes,
A light of consolations,
And blessed hope to those
Who love the Lord's appearing.
O glorious Sun, now come,
Send forth Your beams most cheering,
And guide us safely home.

Text Information
First Line: O Lord, how shall I meet You
Title: Oh Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76
Publication Date: 2007
Meter: 76 76 D
Topic: Advent
Source: Tr. composite
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: VALET WILL ICH DIR GEBEN
Composer: Melchior Teschner, 1584-1635
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: a minor or modal
Copyright: Setting © 1993 Kermit G. Moldenhauer



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