O power of love, all else transcending

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1 O pow'r of love, all else transcending,
In Jesus present evermore,
I worship Thee, in homage bending,
And sing of Thy celestial lore:
Yea, let my soul, in deep devotion,
Bathe in love's mighty boundless ocean.

2 Thou art my rest, no earthly treasure
Can satisfy my yearning heart,
And naught can give to me the pleasure
I find in Thee, my chosen part.
Thy love, so tender and caressing,
Is joy to me, and every blessing.

3 To Thee my heart and life be given,
Thou art in truth my highest Good;
For me Thy sacred side was riven,
For me was shed Thy precious blood.
O thou who art the world's salvation,
Be Thine my love and adoration.

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #271

Author: Gerhard Tersteegen

Tersteegen, Gerhard, a pious and useful mystic of the eighteenth century, was born at Mörs, Germany, November 25, 1697. He was carefully educated in his childhood, and then apprenticed (1715) to his older brother, a shopkeeper. He was religiously inclined from his youth, and upon coming of age he secured a humble cottage near Mühlheim, where he led a life of seclusion and self-denial for many years. At about thirty years of age he began to exhort and preach in private and public gatherings. His influence became very great, such was his reputation for piety and his success in talking, preaching, and writing concerning spiritual religion. He wrote one hundred and eleven hymns, most of which appeared in his Spiritual Flower Garden (1731). He… Go to person page >

Translator: Herman Breuckner

Herman Henry Maurice Brueckner (Herman Brückner) was born on March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz). He pastored churches in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917 and later joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. He died on January 25, 1942, in Hebron, Nebraska. NN, Hymnary Go to person page >

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First Line: O power of love, all else transcending
German Title: Ich bete an die Macht der Liebe
Author: Gerhard Tersteegen
Translator: Herman Breuckner
Language: English



Dmitri Stephanovich Bortnianski (b. Gloukoff, Ukraine, 1751; d. St. Petersburg, Russia, 1825) was a Russian composer of church music, operas, and instrumental music. His tune ST. PETERSBURG (also known as RUSSIAN HYMN) was first published in J. H. Tscherlitzky's Choralbuch (1825). The tune is suppo…

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