Sunday, 4 December 2016

Incarnate God, thou word divine - St Anselm

Incarnate God, thou word divine,
Both man art thou and God complete;
When as the Judge thou com'st, incline
To me, a man, thy mercy sweet.

Dear Lord, as God, I cry to thee,
All my offences blot away;
As fellow man, O feel for me,
And let thy love be still my stay.

Remember now thy holy word,
The promise to the fathers given,
And let thy Kingdom come, dear Lord,
To light our souls with flame from heaven,

Turn, turn to us thy countenance,
Who humbly bow before thy throne,
That heaven, our sweet inheritance,
May by thy tender love be won.

St. Anselm (c.1033 – 1109) France
Translated by Daniel J. Donahoe
Source: Early Christian hymns, Series II : translations of the verses of the early and middle ages
by Daniel Joseph Donahoe, Donahoe pub. co., 1911

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