1 O Love divine, all else transcending,
In Jesus present evermore,
We worship Thee, in homage bending,
And all Thy wondrous might adore.
Yea, let my soul, in deep devotion,
Bathe in love's mighty, boundless ocean.
2 Thou art my Rest, no earthly treasure
Can satisfy my yearning heart,
Nor is there aught that lends the pleasure
I find in Thee, my chosen part.
Thy love, so tender and caressing
Is fraught with grace and ev'ry blessing.
3 To Thee my heart and life be given,
Thou art indeed my highest Good;
For me Thy sacred side was riven,
For me was shed Thy precious blood.
O Fountain of the world's salvation,
Be Thine my love and adoration.
Tersteegen, Gerhard, a pious and useful mystic of the eighteenth century, was born at Mörs, Germany, November 25, 1697. He was carefully educated in his childhood, and then apprenticed (1715) to his older brother, a shopkeeper. He was religiously inclined from his youth, and upon coming of age he secured a humble cottage near Mühlheim, where he led a life of seclusion and self-denial for many years. At about thirty years of age he began to exhort and preach in private and public gatherings. His influence became very great, such was his reputation for piety and his success in talking, preaching, and writing concerning spiritual religion. He wrote one hundred and eleven hymns, most of which appeared in his Spiritual Flower Garden (1731). He… Go to person page >
Translator: Herman Breuckner
Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner).
Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska).
Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa.
After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941.
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Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825).
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Display Title: O Power of loveFirst Line: O Pow'r of love, all else transcendingTune Title: ST. PETERSBURGAuthor: Gerhard Tersteegen; Herman BrücknerDate: 1992Source: Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe, 1757, revised in Sammlung, 1825; Wartburg Hymnal for Church, School, and Home, 1918, alt.