Tune: Christ, unser Herr
The myst’ry hidden from the eyes
Of learned men and sages,
God hath revealed us from the skies,
In Scripture’s holy pages,
That He alone is King above
All other gods whatever,
Great, mighty, faithful, full of love,
His people’s Shield and Savior;
One Essence, but Three Persons.
As Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
The righteous seed adore Him;
So named, so praised, He is the boast
Of all who bow before Him;
He’s Abraham’s and Isaac’s God,
And Jacob’s, whom He knoweth,
The Lord of hosts, who ev’ry good,
Both night and day, bestoweth;
Who only worketh wonders.
The Father hath the Son begot,
First-born of ev’ry creature;
The Son took our weak flesh, but not
Our sinfulness of nature;
Both from the Father and the Son
The Holy Ghost proceedeth
From all eternity; yet none
In might and pow’r exceedeth;
All equal, coeternal.
Be glad, my heart, thy Portion see,
Thy priceless Pearl and Treasure!
He is thy Friend, supply will He
Thy needs with bounteous measure;
He made thee in His image, was
For thy offenses smitten,
With true faith fills thee, through His grace
Doth all thy crosses sweeten
With His dear word of promise.
Rise, then, to Him, the Ever-blest,
And learn to know Him rightly;
Such knowledge can alone bring rest
And make thy soul burn brightly
With the pure flame of holy love,
Which cheers thy course to heaven;
For God will show thee things above
Which here ’tis only given
To hear of and see darkly.
But woe to the ungodly race,
In willful blindness living,
Rejecting God and His dear grace,
Their hearts to creatures giving.
On them, alas! hell’s dreadful gates
Ere long will close forever;
For him who God rejects and hates
God will reject and sever
From His eternal kingdom.
O Prince of Might, Thy mercy show,
Thou God of earth and heaven;
To ev’ry sinner here below
Thy saving grace be given!
Bring back Thy sheep that go astray
And blinded eyes enlighten,
And turn Thou ev’rything away
That wickedly might frighten
Thine own, whose faith is feeble.
Grant this, that we, Thy people, may
All reach the heav’nly portals
And in Thy kingdom sing for aye
Mid all the blest immortals:
That Thou, O Lord, art King alone,
Above all gods whatever,
The Father, Son, and Spirit, One,
Thy people’s Shield and Savior,
One Essence, but Three Persons!
Was alle Weisheit in der Welt
Paul Gerhardt, 1666
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 264
German Text (coming soon)
Author: Paul Gerhardt