HYMNS ON THE PASSION
which can be used in the congregations during Lent
at the weekly service and on Days of Prayer
according to the custom of each place
[by Thomas Kingo]
[from the Gradual of 1699]
[Translation © Mark
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- A General Passion Hymn
- O STORE GUD DIN KIERLIGHED 
- tune: Durch Adams Fall
- Translated by G. T. Rygh, 1908
- 1 Thy love, O gracious Lord and God,
- All other loves excelling,
- Attunes my heart to sweet accord,
- And passes power of telling;
- For when Thy wondrous love I see,
- My heart yields glad submission;
- I love Thee for Thy love to me
- In my poor, lost condition.
- 2 Yea, Thou hast loved our fallen race,
- And rather than condemn us,
- Cast out and banish from Thy face,
- Thine only Son didst send us;
- Who died upon the cross, that we
- Should all be saved forever;
- Hence Jesus also died for me,
- My soul, forget it never.
- 3 Thy love, O God, embraces all,
- And Jesus' merits cover
- The guilt of all, both great and small,
- The world of sinners over.
- Thy Spirit doth Thy light afford
- To all who will receive it,
- And from Thy knowledge bars Thy word
- No soul who will believe it.
- 4 But what hath moved Thee, gracious Lord?
- Why is Thine heart still yearning,
- Since the great world rejects Thy word,
- Thy love and mercy spurning?
- For men go on in sin each day
- In carnal-minded blindness
- And O how few Thy call obey,
- And heed Thy lovingkindness!
- 5 In us no beauty Thou couldst see,
- And no intrinsic merit;
- We all were poor-but misery
- And sin we did inherit.
- We wandered each a different path,
- And in our lost condition,
- By nature children of His wrath,
- Whom sin doomed to perdition.
- 6 Our virtues and our own good deeds
- With God cannot avail us;
- With these the enemy misleads,
- Such righteousness shall fail us;
- Our will and strength and soul are dead
- In evil inclination;
- Christ Jesus has the ransom paid,
- And gained for us salvation.
- 7 O gracious God, Thy loving heart
- Was full of sweet compassion;
- And felt our woe and desperate smart,
- And planned our restoration;
- Thy grace and justice found a way
- To save us from death's horror;
- And everlasting judgement stay,
- And give us joy for sorrow.
- 8 On Christ, the rock, I'm anchored fast,
- By faith in Him remaining;
- I'll weather every stormy blast,
- My peace of soul retaining;
- On Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,
- My ever firm foundation,
- Until the harbor bar is crossed,
- And I see God's salvation.
- 9 O Jesus, at my dying breath
- Hold Thou my hand securely,
- And may I in a living faith
- Holy fast to Thee most surely;
- That my last prayer to Thee may rise,
- My soul to Thee commending,
- And I shall find in Paradise
- The joys of life unending.
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