Fair Beyond Telling   2 comments


Above:  The Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, Georgia, April 28, 2013

Image Source = Bill Monk, Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta


Original Danish Words by Nikolai Frederick Severin Grundtvig (1783-1872)

English Translation by the Reverend J. C. Aaberg (1877-1970)

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.  Fair beyond telling,

Lord, is Thy dwelling,

Filled with Thy peace.

Oh, how I languish

And, in my anguish,

Wait for release,

That I may enter Thy temple, O Lord,

With Thee communing in deepest accord.

2.  With Thy compassion,

Lord of salvation,

Naught can compare,

Even the sparrow,

Safe from the arrow,

Rests in Thy care.

And as Thou shieldest the bird in its nest,

So let my heart in Thy temple find rest.

3.  Years full of splendors,

Which to offenders

Earth may afford,

Never can measure

One day of pleasure

Found with Thee, Lord,

When on the wings of Thy quickening word

Souls are uplifted and Thou art adored.

4.  Rich in Thy blessing,

Onward progressing

Are now Thy friends,

Strengthened in spirit,

Each by Thy merit

Upward ascends

Till, when at home in that city of gold,

All shall in wonder Thy presence behold.

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