Christ My Song - 773
The hart panteth after the waters - The thirst of God
(Heinrich Suso/Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The thirst of God.
1. The hart panteth after the waters,
the dying for life that departs;
the Lord in his glory for sinners,
for the love of rebellious hearts.
Call back all the days of the ages,
all snow-flakes come down from above;
all flowers of summers departed,
but think not to measure his love. (PDF - Midi)
2. Behold him, O soul, where he told it,
pale, bleeding, and bearing thy sin;
he knocketh, saith, "Open, belovèd,
I pray thee to let me come in.
Behold, I have borne all the judgment,
thy sins, O belovèd, are gone;
forgotten, forgotten for ever,
God seeketh, bud findeth not one.
3. Behold, with what labour I won thee,
behold in my hands and my feet,
the tale of my measureless sorrow –
of love that made sorrow so sweet.
A flax-thread in oceans of fire,
how soon swallowed up it would be!
yet sooner in oceans of mercy,
the sinner that cometh to me."