The Pearl

Tale of tenderness unfathomed

Author: C. P. C.; Translator: Frances Bevan (1899)
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Tale of tenderness unfathomed
Told by God to me—
Tale of love, mysterious, awful—
Thus God’s love must be.

God the Seeker—one fair image
Ever in His thought,
Pure, and radiant, and faultless,
Yet He found it not.

Not amongst His holy Angels,
Was there one so bright;
Not amongst His stars of glory
Dwelt His heart’s delight.

Yet there was a depth unfathomed
In a lonely place;
One great deep of endless sorrow,
Darkness on its face.

Restless sea of black pollution
Moaning evermore,
Weary waves for ever breaking
On a barren shore.

There below in midnight darkness,
Under those wild waves,
Lies the treasure God is seeking,
Jewel that He craves.

Down beneath those sunless waters
He from Heaven has passed,
He has found His heart’s desire,
Found His pearl at last.

All He had His heart has given
For that gem unpriced—
Such art thou, O ransomed sinner,
Yea, for such is Christ.

Source: Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series) #52

Author: C. P. C.

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Translator: Frances Bevan

Bevan, Emma Frances, née Shuttleworth, daughter of the Rev. Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth, Warden of New Coll., Oxford, afterwards Bishop of Chichester, was born at Oxford, Sept. 25, 1827, and was married to Mr. R. C. L. Bevan, of the Lombard Street banking firm, in 1856. Mrs. Bevan published in 1858 a series of translations from the German as Songs of Eternal Life (Lond., Hamilton, Adams, & Co.), in a volume which, from its unusual size and comparative costliness, has received less attention than it deserves, for the trs. are decidedly above the average in merit. A number have come into common use, but almost always without her name, the best known being those noted under “O Gott, O Geist, O Licht dea Lebens," and "Jedes Herz will etwas… Go to person page >

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First Line: Tale of tenderness unfathomed
Title: The Pearl
Author: C. P. C.
Translator: Frances Bevan (1899)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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Hymns of Ter Steegen and Others (Second Series) #52

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