Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift.@2 Corinthians 9:15
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Johannes G. Olearius (1611-1684)

Johannes Olearius, 1671 (Ach, wie gross ist deine Gnade); translated from German to English by August Crull, 1923.

Ach, Was Soll Hirtenlieder (Altdorf, Germany: 1653) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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August Crull (1845-1923)

Oh, how great is Thy compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
And in our deep degradation
Thou wast merciful that we
Might be saved eternally!

Thy great love for this hath striven
That we may from sin be free
And forever live with Thee;
Yea, Thy Son Himself hath given
In His grace an earnest call
To His Supper unto all.

And for this our soul’s salvation
Voucheth Thy good Spirit, Lord,
In Thy sacraments and Word.
He imparteth consolation,
Granteth us the gift of faith
That we fear nor hell nor death.

Lord, Thy mercy will not leave me—
Truth doth evermore abide—
Then in Thee will I confide.
Since Thy Word cannot deceive me,
My salvation is to me
Well assured eternally.

I will praise Thy great compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
And in our deep degradation
Thou wast merciful that we
Might bring endless praise to Thee.