Christ My Song - 1401
I love the sacred book of God
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
I love the sacred book of God.
"How sweet are thy words unto my taste." (Psalm 119,103)
1. I love the sacred book of God,
no other can its place supply;
it points me to the saints' abode,
it gives me wings, and bids me fly.
2. Sweet book! in thee my eyes discern
the image of my absent Lord;
from thine illumined page I learn
the joys his presence will afford.
3. In thee I read my title clear
to mansions never to decay;
my Lord! O when will he appear,
and bear his pris'ner far away!
4. Then shall I need thy light no more,
for nothing shall be then concealed;
when I have reached the heav'nly shore,
the Lord himself will stand revealed.
5. When midst the throng celestial placed,
the bright original I see,
from which thy sacred page was traced,
sweet book! I've no more need of thee!
6. But while on earth, thou shalt supply
his place, and tell me of his love;
I'll read with faith's discerning eye,
and get a taste of joys above.
7. I know his spirit breathes in thee,
to animate his people here;
may thy sweet truths prove life to me,
till in his presence I appear.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 504.