O God of good, the unfathomed sea

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1 O GOD of Good th' unfathom'd Sea,
Who would not give his Heart to thee?
Who would not love thee with his Might?
O JESU, Lover of mankind,
Who would not his whole Soul and Mind,
With all his Strength to thee unite?

2 Thou shin'st with everlasting Rays;
Before th' insufferable Blaze
Angels with both Wings veil their Eyes;
Yet free as Air thy Bounty streams
On all thy Works, thy Mercy's beams,
Diffusive as thy Sun's arise.

3 Astonish'd at thy frowning Brow,
Earth, Hell, and Heav'n's strong Pillars bow,
Terrible majesty is thine!
Who then can that vast Love express,
Which bows thee down to me, who less
Than nothing am, 'till thou art mine?

4 High-thron'd on Heav'n's eternal Hill,
In Number, Weight, and Measure still
Thou sweetly order'st all that is,
And yet thou deign'st to come to me,
And guide my Steps, that I with thee
Inthron'd, may reign in endless Bliss.

5 Fountain of Good all Blessing flows
From thee; no Want thy Fulness knows,
What but thyself canst thou desire?
Yes; self-sufficient as thou art,
Thou dost desire my worthless Heart;
This, only this thou dost require.

6 Primeval Beauty! in thy Sight,
The first-born fairest Sons of Light,
See all their brightest Glories fade;
What then to me thine Eyes could turn,
In Sin conceiv'd, of Woman born,
A Worm, a Leaf, a Blast, a Shade!

7 Hell's Armies tremble at thy Nod,
And trembling own th' almighty GOD,
Sov'reign of Earth, Hell, Air, and Sky,
But who is this that comes from far,
Whose Garments roll'd in Blood appear?
'Tis GOD made Man, for Man to die.

8 O GOD of Good th' unfathom'd Sea,
Who would not give his Heart to thee?
Who would not love thee with his Might?
O JESU, Lover of mankind,
Who would not his whole Soul and Mind,
With all his Strength to thee unite?

Source: The Christian's Duty: exhibited in a series of hymns collected from various authors designed for the worship of God, and for the edification of Christians (2nd ed.) #CCCLIII

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >

Author: Angelus Silesius

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First Line: O God of good, the unfathomed sea
Translator: John Wesley
Author: Angelus Silesius
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Du unvergleichlich's Gut. J. Scheffler. [Love to God.] Appeared as No. 195 in Bk. v. of his Heilige Seelenlust, Breslau, 1668, p 655 (Werke, 1862, i. p. 323), in 8 stanzas of 6 lines, entitled "She [The Soul] contrasts the Majesty of God with her Nothingness." Included as No. 726 in Freylinghausen's Gesang-Buch1705, and recently, as No. 15, in Knapp's Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz, 1850 (1865, No. 15). The only translation in common use is:—
0 God, of good the unfathom'd sea, a vigorous and full rendering by J. Wesley in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1739 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 141), and thence in full, as No. 36, in the Hymns & Spiritual Songs, 1753, and as No. 5 in the Pocket Hymn Book, 1785. it did not appear in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, but was added in an edition between 1797 and 1809, and is No. 38 in the revised edition, 1875. Various forms beginning with stanza i. appear in the Leeds Hymn Book, 1853; the Methodist New Connexion, 1863; the Irish Church Hymnal, 1869-73; Baptist Hymnal, 1879; Westminster Abbey Hymn Book, 1883, &c.; and in America in the Methodist Episcopal Collection, 1849; Evangelical Hymnal, N. Y., 1880; Canadian Presbyterian Hymn Book, 1880, &c. In the Methodist Episcopal South Hymn Book, 1847, No. 24, begins with stanza 5, "Fountain of good! all blessing flows."
Another translation is:—"O Good beyond compare," by Miss Winkworth, 1869, p. 249. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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