Once He Came in Blessing

Tune: Gottes Sohn ist kommen

  1. Once He came in blessing,
    All our ills redressing;
    Came in likeness lowly,
    Son of God most holy;
    Bore the cross to save us,
    Hope and freedom gave us.

  2. Still He comes within us,
    Still His voice would win us
    From the sins that hurt us;
    Would to Truth convert us
    From our foolish errors
    Ere He comes in terrors.

  3. Thus, if thou hast known Him,
    Not ashamed to own Him,
    But wilt trust Him boldly
    Nor dost love Him coldly,
    He will then receive thee,
    Heal thee, and forgive thee.

  4. He who thus endureth
    Bright reward secureth.
    Come, then, O Lord Jesus,
    From our sins release us:
    Let us here confess Thee
    Till in heav’n we bless Thee.

Gottes Sohn ist kommen
Johann Horn, 1544, cento
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863
Source: Sts. 1–3, 9, The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 74


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