A Faber hymn
I love spending time meditating on the words of this great old hymn, to aid me to ‘gaze and gaze on’ the glory of the Triune God till my heart burns hot within me. Beautiful stuff.
(1) My God, how wonderful Thou Art,
Thy Majesty how bright!
How beautiful Thy mercy-seat,
In depths of burning light
(2) How dread are Thine eternal years,
O everlasting Lord,
by prostate spirits day and night
(3) How beautiful, how beautiful,
the sight of Thee must be,
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power
And awful purity!
(4) O how I fear Thee, living God,
with deepest, tenderest fears,
and worship Thee with trembling hope
and penitential tears!
(5) Yet I may love The too, O Lord,
almighty as Thou art,
for Thou hast stopped to ask of me
the love of my poor heart.
(6) No earthly father loves like Thee;
no mother, e’er so mild,
bears and forbears as Thou hast done
with me, Thy sinful child
(7) Father of Jesus, love’s reward,
what rapture will it be
prostrate before Thy throne to lie
and gaze and gaze on Thee!
- Frederick W Faber (1814-63)