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O Lord, the most fair, the most tender - The chase
(Heinrich Suso/Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The chase.

Isaiah 41,17.

1. O Lord, the most fair, the most tender,
  my heart is adrift and alone;
my heart is aweary and thirsty –
  athirst for a joy unknown.
From a child I have followed it – chased it,
  by wilderness, wold, and hill –
I never have reached it or seen it,
  yet must I follow it still. (PDF - Midi)

2. In those olden years did I seek it
  in the sweet fair things around,
but the more I sought and thirsted,
  the less, O my Lord, I found.
When nearest it seemed to my grasping,
  it fled like a wandering thought;
I never have known what it is, Lord –
  too well know I what it is not.

3. "It is I, it is I, the Eternal,
  who chose thee mine own to be –
who chose thee before the ages –
  who chose thee eternally.
I stood in the way before thee,
  in the ways thou wouldest have gone;
for this is the mark of my chosen,
  that they shall be mine alone."

Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and others 1, 1899, 54-55, after Heinrich Suso.

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