559. Oh, How Great is Your Compassion

1 Oh, how great is Your compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
In our depth of degradation
You had mercy so that we
Might be saved eternally!

2 Your great love for this hath striven
That we may, from sin made free.
Live with You eternally.
Your dear Son Himself has given
And extends His gracious call,
To His Supper leads us all.

3 Firmly to our souls' salvation
Witnesses Your Spirit, Lord,
In Your Sacraments and Word.
There He sends true consolation,
Giving us the gift of faith
That we fear nor hell nor death.

4 Lord, Your mercy will not leave me;
Ever will Your truth abide.
Then in You I will confide.
Since Your Word cannot deceive me,
My salvation is to me
Safe and sure eternally.

5 I will praise Your great compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
In our depth of degradation
You had mercy so that we
Might be saved eternally!

Text Information
First Line: Oh, how great is Your compassion
Title: Oh, How Great is Your Compassion
Author: Johann Olearius, 1611-84
Translator: August Crull, 1845-1923
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 877 877
Scripture: Titus 3:4-7; Ephesians 2:4-9; 1 Peter 1:3-5; 2 Corinthians 9:15
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ACH, WAS SOLL ICH SÜNDER MACHEN
Meter: 877 877
Key: d minor or modal
Source: Schäffer-Belustigung...Hierthen-Lieder, Altdorf, 1653; The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941 (Setting)



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