O Thou Love Unbounded   2 comments



Above:  Christ the Merciful

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Hymn Source = The Lutheran Hymnal (1941), Evangelical Lutheran Synodical Conference of North America

Original Words (published in 1735) by Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735)

English Translation (1940) by William Gustave Polack (1890-1950)


1.  O Thou Love Unbounded,

Grant to eyes enshrouded,

E’en for earthly sight beclouded,

Grace to see Thy patience,

All the world enfolding,

Thy long-suff’ring thus beholding.

Lo, its rays,

To Thy praise,

Joy to men bestowing,

Like the sun are glowing.

2.  All Thy vast dominion–

Earth and air and ocean–

Is the field of Thy devotion;

And Thy great long-suff’ring,

Ever newly tested,

With more beauty is invested.

Oh, how far

Its wings are

As they stretch forth daily

Over hill and valley!

3.  All our works are feeble

As the heart upraises

For Thy patience,

Lord, its praises.

With untold transgressions

Day by day Thou bearest,

Many million sinners sparest!

Daily new

Lovest, too,

All who here offend Thee.

Who can comprehend Thee?

4.  Sinners Thou forgivest,

Hear’st when they implore Thee,

When they, weeping, come before Thee;

Thy right hand may threaten,

Yet Thy mercy yearneth

And Thine anger from us turneth.

Tho’ we may

Yet delay

Truly to espouse Thee,

To new wrath arouse Thee.

5.  Lord, no one has ever,

Who on Thee believed,

Justice here for grace received.

All guilt Thou removest

When we boy before Thee

And in penitence implore Thee;

For our smart

Moves Thy heart;

Thou wouldst mercy show us

And with grace endow us.

6.  O Most High, we praise Thee

That Thou us regardest

Nor our evil deeds rewardest!

Zion’s Hope, continue

Thy dominion o’er us,

Wielding well Thy scepter for us


Patient be,

Lord, we now implore Thee:

Thine shall be the glory!

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