One who is all unfit to count

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1 One who is all unfit to count
As scholar in thy school,
Thou of thy love hast named a friend,
O kindness wonderful!

2 So weak am I, O gracious Lord,
So all unworthy thee,
That even the dust upon thy feet
Outweighs me utterly.

3 Thou dwellest in unshadowed light,
All sin and shame above,
That thou shouldst bear our sin and shame,
How can I tell such love?

4 Ah, did not he the heavenly throne
A little thing esteem,
And not unworthy for my sake
A mortal body deem?

5 When in his flesh they drove the nails,
Did he not all endure?
What name is there to fit a life
So patient and so pure?

6 So, Love itself in human form,
For love of me he came;
I cannot look upon his face
For shame, for bitter shame.

7 If there is aught of worth in me,
It comes from thee alone;
Then keep me safe, for so, O Lord,
Thou keepest but thine own.


Source: Service Book and Hymnal of the Lutheran Church in America #384a

Author: Narayan Vaman Tilak

Marathi poet from Maharashtra, India Go to person page >

Translator: Nicol Macnicol

After a distinguished career in the University of Glasgow and the (then) Free Church of Scotland Theological College, Macnicol was appointed to the Western India mission of the Free Church of Scotland (later United Free) and for five years worked in Bombay, being in charge of the Wilson High School (where he lived in the boys’ hostel) and also doing general evangelistc work. In 1900 he was transferred to Poona, where he entered into a heritage of goodwill among both Christian and non-Christians... As an evangelistic missionary in Poona, a city famous not only for its orthodox Hinduism but also for producing leaders in so many spheres of religious and social reform, Macnicol was in close touch with the thought and life of Hindu India.… Go to person page >

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First Line: One who is all unfit to count
Marathi Title: Śișyahī gaņāyā nahī yogya jo tayālā
Author: Narayan Vaman Tilak
Translator: Nicol Macnicol
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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