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In the great and terrible wilderness - The cloven Rock
(Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The cloven Rock.

(Isaiah 32,2)

1. In the great and terrible wilderness
  I wandered in thirst and dread;
the burning sands were beneath my feet,
  and the fierce glow overhead.
The fiery serpents and scorpions dire
  dwelt in that lonely land,
and around and afar, as a glimmering sea,
  the shadowless, trackless sand. (PDF - Midi)

2. Then came a day in my journey drear
  when I sank on the weary road,
and there fell a shadow across the waste –
  the shade of the wings of God.
The shadow solemn, and dark, and still,
  lay cool on the purple sand;
the shadow deep of a mighty Rock
  in a weary, thirsty land.

3. Of old from Heaven the thunder fell,
  and that mighty Rock was riven,
and a river of water flowed down to me –
  a stream of the rain of Heaven.
And the Hand that reft with thunder dread
  the Rock of Ages hoar,
down to my lips the waters led,
  and I thirsted nevermore.

4. For out of the great eternal deep
  those glorious waters flowed;
thy flowed from the fathomless depths of joy,
  they flowed from the Heart of God.
From the depths of the tenderness all unknown,
  that passeth knowledge, they flow;
I know it as ages of bliss roll on,
  yet I never shall say, "I know."

5. And there, before the Rock that was riven,
  at the feet of the Lord who died,
I drink of the depths of the love of Heaven,
  the mighty, exhaustless tide.
"Drink, drink abundantly, O beloved!
  I was smitten, accused for thee."
O lips as lilies, O mouth most sweet,
  that tell thy heart to me!

C. P. C.

Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and others 1, 1899, 137-138.

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