1 Thou, Jesus Christ, didst man become
From death us to deliver;
Thy pitying eye beheld our doom,
That we were lost forever;
Thou gavest hope in direst need,
When death and hell with gaping greed
Were ready to devour us.
2 Thou couldst not bear that Satan's might
Had in its grasp enslaved us:
In pity thou didst for us fight,
And hast in mercy saved us.
From heaven Thou cam'st for our release,
To purchase our eternal peace,
By bitter death and suffering.
3 And Thou hast taught us in Thy Word
That faith shall life inherit,
For Thou art merciful, O Lord,
And sav'st us by Thy merit,
If we but simply do believe
That all Thy children shall receive
The blessings Thou hast promised.
4 Our brother Thou art now become--
An honor beyond measure!
Thou wouldst our life with mercy crown,
And give us richest treasure.
The world's contempt we need not fear,
God's Son is now our brother dear:
What power can now destroy us?
5 All praise to Thee eternally,
For all Thy gracious favor;
We are God's children now with Thee,
Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour!
Well may we one and all rejoice,
And praise our God with heart and voice;
He is our gracious Father.
Olof Persson, sometimes Petersson (January 6, 1493 – April 19, 1552), better known under the Latin form of his name, Olaus Petri (or less commonly, Olavus Petri), was a clergyman, writer, judge and major contributor to the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
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