O Miracle of Love And Might!

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1 O miracle of love and might!
The Lord of all, the heavenly Light,
Low in a stable lieth;
For us He bears
The toils and tears
Of earth: for us He dieth.

2 O Christ, Thy glorious poverty
Makes all Thy people rich in Thee:
To wealth untold it leads them.
With heavenly wine
And bread divine
Thy thirst and hunger feeds them.

3 Ye saints on earth, no more be sad:
This holy Babe will make you glad
With joy that knows no measure:
His life above
Is peace and love,
And pure unfading pleasure.

4 Then let your hearts be bold and strong
To echo forth the angel song—
To God be glory given;
On earth be peace,
Nor ever cease
Goodwill to men from Heaven.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11324

Translator: Benjamin H. Kennedy

Kennedy, Benjamin Hall, D.D., son of the Rev. Raun Kennedy, sometime Incumbent of St. Paul's, Birmingham, and editor of A Church of England Psalm-Book, &c, 1821 (12th ed. 1848), was born at Summer Hill, near Birmingham, Nov. 6, 1804, and educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham; Shrewsbury School; and St. John's College, Cambridge. He graduated B.A. in 1827 (First Class Classical Tripos and First Chancellor's Medallist). He was Fellow of his College 1828-36; Head Master of Shrewsbury School, 1836-66; and Regius Professor of Greek in the University of Cambridge and Canon of Ely , 1867. Dr. Kennedy took Holy Orders in 1829, and was for some time Prebendaiy in Lichfield Cathedral and Rector of West Felton, Salop. He was elected Hon. Fellow… Go to person page >

Author: Georg Weissel

Weissel, Georg, son of Johann Weissel, judge and afterwards burgomaster at Doranau, near Königsberg, was born at Domnau in 1590. He studied at the University of Königsberg, from 1608 to 1611, and thereafter, for short periods, at Wittenberg, Leipzig, Jena, Strassburg, Basel and Marburg In 1614 he was appointed rector of the school at Friedland near Domnau, but resigned this post after three years, and returned to Königsberg to resume his studies in theology. Finally, in 1623, he became pastor of the newly erected Altrossgart church at Königsberg, where he remained till his death, on August 1, 1635. Weissel was one of the most important of the earlier hymn-writers of Prussia. His hymns, about 20 in all, are good in style, moderate in le… Go to person page >

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First Line: O miracle of love and might!
Title: O Miracle of Love And Might!
German Title: Im finstern stall, o Wunder gross
Author: Georg Weissel (1639)
Translator: Benjamin H. Kennedy
Meter: 8.8.7.8.7
Source: Tr.: Hymnologia Christiana (London: Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green, 1863)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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