414. Incarnate God, Immortal Love

1 Incarnate God, immortal Love,
whom we, that have not seen your face,
by faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove;

2 You will not leave us in the dust;
you gave us life, we know not why.
We trust we were not made to die,
for you have made us, you are just.

3 In you meet human and divine,
the highest, holiest union known.
We falsely call our powers our own
until our wills with yours combine.

4 Our little systems have their day;
they have their day and cease to be;
They are but fleeting certainty,
and you, O Christ, are more than they.

5 We have but faith; we cannot know,
for knowledge is of things proved true;
And yet we trust it comes from you,
a sign of promise; let it grow.

6 Let knowledge grow from more to more,
but more of reverence in us dwell;
That mind and soul, according well,
may make one music as before.

Text Information
First Line: Incarnate God, immortal Love
Title: Incarnate God, Immortal Love
Author: Alfred Tennyson (1850, alt.)
Meter: L.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Faith and Aspiration; Jesus Christ: Divinity; Jesus Christ: Love of (5 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Anon.
Adapter: Edward Miller (1790)
Meter: L.M.
Key: D Major

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