1 Ere earth's foundations yet were laid,
Or heaven's fair roof was spread abroad;
Ere man a living soul was made,
Love stirred within the heart of God.
2 Thy loving counsel gave to me
True life in Christ, Thy only Son,
Whom thou hast made my way to Thee,
From whom all grace flows ever down.
3 Oh Love, that long ere time began,
This precious name of child bestowed;
That opened heaven on earth to man,
And called us sinners "sons of God!"
4 I am not worthy, Lord, that Thou
Shouldst such compassion on me show,
That He who made the world should bow
To cheer with love a wretch so low.
5 Could I but honor Thee aright,
Noble and sweet my song should be;
That earth and heaven should learn Thy might,
And what my God hath done for me.
Source: The Book of Worship #133
|First Line:||Ere earth's foundations yet were laid|
|German Title:||Geht hin, ihr gläubigen Gedanken|
|Author:||Johann Gottfried Herrmann|