A Wondrous Mystery Is Here

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1 A wondrous mystery is here
To hold in faith and holy fear:
The Savior comes as food divine,
Concealed in earthly bread and wine.

2 This world is loveless, but above,
What wondrous boundlessness of love!
The King of Glory stoops to me
My spirit's life and strength to be.

3 In consecrated wine and bread
No eye perceives the myst'ry spread;
But Jesus' words are strong and clear:
"My body and My blood are here."

4 How dull are all the pow'rs of sense
Employed on proofs of love immense!
The richest food lies hid from view,
The highest gifts we have below.

5 We have no greater boon on earth,
And faith alone discerns its worth,
The Wod, not sense, must be our guide,
Christ's words assure though sight's denied.

6 Lord, show us still the You are good,
And grant us evermore this food
To strengthen ev'ry humble soul
And make each wounded spirit whole.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #309

Author: Matthias Loy

Loy, M., President of the Capital University, Columbus, Ohio, contributed several original hymns, and translations from the German, to the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal. Published by Order of the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States. Columbus, Ohio, 1880. The translations may be found through the Index of Authors, &c.; the original hymns are the following:— 1. An awful mystery is here. Holy Communion. 2. At Jesus' feet our infant sweet. Holy Baptism. 3. Come, humble soul, receive the food. Holy Communion. 4. Give me, 0 Lord, a spirit lowly. Humility desired. 5. God gave His word to holy men. Inspiration of Holy Scripture. 6. God of grace, Whose word is sure. Faithfulness. 7. How matchless is… Go to person page >

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First Line: A wondrous mystery is here
Title: A Wondrous Mystery Is Here
Author: Matthias Loy (1828-1915, alt.)
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English

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WAREHAM (Knapp)

William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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