O boundless joy, There is salvation

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1 O boundless joy! There is salvation
For me, a sinner, vile and base.
Though all unworthy of compassion,
I oft have spurned the Savior's grace,
Yet love prevailed, and mercy mild
Sought out the lost and erring child.

2 Wrath should be mine and condemnation,
And hell with all its endless pain!
Yet here is heaven and salvation,
Christ's saving blood to make me clean.
O why such priceless gifts for me?
'Tis mercy, mercy vast and free!

3 O Lord, forever and forever,
My ransomed soul should voice Thy praise!
To Thy great mercy, blessed Savior,
My ever-grateful hymns I raise.
O wondrous Gospel, holy theme!
Christ came us sinners to redeem!

4 O Mercy! never shall Thy glory
Be dimmed by time and fade away.
My hope is rooted in Thy story,
With Thee I fear not when I pray,
With Thee I dread no earthly loss,
With Thee I bear each painful cross.

5 With Thee, when death's dark clouds shall lower,
I take my journey not alone;
With Thy sustaining hope and power,
I come before the judgment throne,
And there in endless praise of Thee
I'll sing through all eternity.


Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #137

Author: Philipp Friedrich Hiller

Hiller, Philipp Friedrich, son of Johann Jakob Hiller, pastor at Mühlhausen on the the Enz, Württemberg, was born at Mühlhausen, Jan. 6, 1699. He was educated at the clergy training schools at Denkendorf (under J. A. Bengel) and Maulbronn, and the University of Tübingen (M.A. 1720). His first clerical appointment was as assistant at Brettach, near Neckarsulm, 1724-27. He afterwards held similar posts at Hessigheim and elsewhere, and was also, from 1729-31, a private tutor at Nürnberg. He was then, on St. Bartholomew's Day, 1732, instituted as pastor of Neckargröningen, on the Neckar, near Marbach. In 1736 he became pastor of his native place, and in 1748 pastor at Steinheim, near Heidenheim. In his third year of residence at Steinheim… Go to person page >

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Author: Philipp Friedrich Hiller

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