What Can We Offer Thee, O Lord   3 comments

Spangenberg

Above:  Bishop Augustus Gottlieb Spangenberg (1704-1792)

Image in the Public Domain

Hymn Source = Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) (1923), of the Moravian Church in America

Original German Words (1734) by Spangenberg

English Translation (1741) by John Wesley (1703-1791)

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1.  What can we offer Thee, O Lord,

For all the wonders of Thy grace!

Fain would we Thy great Name record,

And worthily set forth Thy praise.

Dear object of our faith and love,

To Whom our more than all we owe,

Open the fountain from above,

And let it on our spirits flow.

2.  So shall our lives Thy power proclaim,

Thy grace for every sinner free,

Till all mankind shall know Thy Name,

Shall all stretch out their hands to Thee.

Open a door, which earth and hell

May strive to shut, but strive in vain;

Grant that Thy word may richly dwell

Among us, and our fruit remain!

3.  O multiply Thy sowers’ seed,

And fruit we every hour shall bear,

Throughout the world Thy Gospel spread,

Thy everlasting grace declare.

We all, in perfect love renewed,

Shall know the greatness of Thy power,

Stand in the temple of our God

As pillars, and go out no more.

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