215. Oh, How Shall I Receive Thee

1 Oh, how shall I receive thee,
how meet thee on thy way,
bless’d hope of ev’ry nation,
my soul’s delight and stay?
O Jesus, Jesus, give me
now by thine own pure light
to know whate’er is pleasing
and welcome in thy sight.

2 Love caused thine incarnation;
Love brought thee here to me.
Thy thirst for my salvation
procured my liberty.
Oh, love beyond all telling,
that led thee to embrace,
in love, all love excelling,
our troubled human race.

3 Thou comest, Christ, with gladness,
in mercy and goodwill,
to bring an end to sadness
and bid our fears be still.
We welcome thee, our Savior;
come gather us to thee,
that in thy light eternal
our joyous home may be.

Text Information
First Line: Oh, how shall I receive thee
Title: Oh, How Shall I Receive Thee
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Translator: Arthur T. Russell
Meter: D
Publication Date: 2020
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Darkness and Light; Hope; Incarnation (1 more...)
Source: “Wie soll ich dich empfangen,” Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1653; trans. Arthur T. Russell (England), Psalms and Hymns, 1851, alt.
Tune Information
Composer: Melchior Teschner (1613)
Meter: D
Key: C Major
Source: Ein Andachtiges Gebet, 1615

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