And didst thou love the race that loved not thee

And didst thou love the race that loved not thee

Author: Jean Ingelow
Tune: ARTAVIA
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1 And didst Thou love the race that loved not Thee?
And didst Thou take to Heaven a human brow?
Dost plead with man’s voice by the marvelous sea?
Art Thou his kinsman now?

2 O God, O Kinsman loved, but not enough;
O Man, with eyes majestic after death,
Whose feet have toiled along our pathways rough,
Whose lips drawn human breath:

3 By that one likeness which is ours and Thine,
By that one nature which doth hold us kin,
By that high Heaven where, sinless, Thou dost shine
To draw us sinners in;

4 By Thy last silence in the judgment hall,
By long foreknowledge of the deadly Tree,
By darkness, by the wormwood and the gall,
I pray Thee visit me.

5 Come, lest this heart should, cold and cast away,
Die ere the Guest adored she entertain—
Lest eyes which never saw Thine earthly day
Should miss Thy heavenly reign.

Amen.

Source: The Hymnal #330

Author: Jean Ingelow

Ingelow, Jean, daughter of W. Ingelow, Boston, Lincolnshire, was born in 1820. Her writings are well and favourably known. Her poetical pieces have been published as Poems, 1863, and A Story of Doom and other Poems, 1867. From her Poems, 1863, the cento "And didst Thou love the race that loved not Thee" (Love of Christ in the Congregational Church Hymnal 1887, is taken. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

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