Scripture Verse

The grace of God that bringeth salvation. Titus 2:11

Introduction

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Lowell Mason
(1792–1872)

Words: Ber­nard of Clair­vaux, 12th Cen­tu­ry (Je­su dul­cis me­mo­ria). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Ger­man in Arndt’s True Chris­ti­an­i­ty. Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by An­ton W. Böhme (1712) and John Chris­tian Ja­co­bi (Psal­mo­dia Ger­ma­ni­ca, 1720). The ver­sion be­low de­rives from A Col­lect­ion of Psalms and Hymns Ex­tract­ed from Var­i­ous Au­thors, by Mar­tin Ma­dan, 1760.

Music: Rock­ing­ham (Ma­son) Lo­well Ma­son, 1832 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Bernard of Clairvaux
(1090–1153)

Lyrics

Of Him who did salvation bring,
I could forever think and sing:
Arise, ye needy, He’ll relieve;
Arise, ye guilty, He’ll forgive.

Ask but His grace, and lo, ’tis given!
Ask, and He turns your hell to heaven;
Though sin and sorrow wound my soul,
Jesus, Thy balm will make it whole.

To shame our sins He blushed in blood;
He closed His eyes to show us God:
Let all the world fall down and know
That none but God such love can show.

Insatiate to this spring I fly;
I drink, and yet am ever dry;
Ah! who against Thy charm is proof!
Ah! who that loves, can love enough?