Thou Fairest Child Divine

Thou Fairest Child Divine
(Du schönstes Gottes-Kind)
Gerhard Tersteegen, 1731

Thou fairest Child Divine
In yonder manger laid,
In Whom is God Himself well pleased,
By Whom were all things made,
On me art Thou bestowed;
How can such wonders be!
The dearest that the Father hath
He gives me here in Thee.

I was a foe to God,
I fought in Satan’s host,
I trifled all His grace away,
Alas! My soul was lost.
Yet God forgets my sin;
His heart, with pity moved,
He gives me, Heavenly Child, in Thee:
Lo! Thus our God hath loved!

Once blind with sin and self,
Along the treacherous way,
That ends in ruin at the last,
I hastened far astray;
Then God sent down His Son;
For with a love most deep,
Most underserved, His heart still yearned
O’er me, poor wandering sheep!

God with His life of love
To me was far and strange,
My heart clung only to the world
Of sight and sense and change;
In Thee, Immanuel,
Are God and man made one;
In Thee my heart hath peace with God,
And union with the Son.

Oh ponder this, my soul:
Our God hath loved us thus,
That even His only dearest Son
He freely giveth us.
Thou precious gift of God,
The pledge and bond of love,
With thankful heart I kneel to take
This treasure from above.

I kneel beside Thy couch,
I press Thee to my heart,
For Thee I gladly all forsake
And from the creature part:
Oh deign to take my heart,
And let Thy heart be mine,
That all my love flow out to Thee
And lose itself in Thine.

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