Christ My Song - 1410
Unfold, O Lord, to us unfold
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Unfold, O Lord, to us unfold.
"The entrance of thy words giveth light." (Psalm 119,130)
1. Unfold, O Lord, to us unfold
the wonders of the sacred page;
the things by prophets sung of old,
and handed down from age to age;
the things that Jesus said and did,
and all that from the world lies hid.
2. The spirit, not the letter, Lord,
is what we ask. 'Tis thine to give
the spirit of the sacred word:
by this it is thy people live.
The letter kills: we know it does;
'twas always, and is ever thus.
3. Be ours the spiritual mind,
that apprehends the hidden sense,
the truth that wise men cannot find,
to whom the cross is an offence.
They see no grandeur in the scheme
by wisdom planned: 'tis lost on them.
4. The child-like spirit, Lord, impart,
that with implicit faith receives
the living word, and in the heart
deposits that which it believes,
there, Lord, to work thy sov'reign will,
and all thy pleasure to fulfill.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 505.