As Wide As the Skies Is Thy Mercy, O God   2 comments


Above:  Snow-Clad Fields in Morning Light (Between 1900 and 1912), by Gardner Symons (1863-1930)

Publisher and Copyright Claimant = Detroit Pubishing Company

Image Source = Library of Congress


Reproduction Number = LC-D416-174

Original Danish Words by Bernhardt Severin Ingemann (1789-1862)

English Translation by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage


1.  As wide as the skies is Thy mercy, O God!

Thy faithfulness shieldeth creation.

Thy bounteous hand from the mountains abroad

Is stretched over country and nation.

2.  Like heaven’s embrace is Thy love, O my Lord!

In judgment profound Thou appearest.

Thou savest our souls through Thy life-giving word.

The cries of Thy chidren Thou hearest.

3.  How precious is Thy goodness, O Father above,

Where children of men are abiding.

Thou spreadest through darkness the wings of Thy love;

We under their pinions are hiding.

4.  For languishing souls Thou preparest a rest,

The quivering dove Thou protectest;

Thou givest us being, eternal and blest,

In mercy our life Thou protectest.

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