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The McMaster Hymn

Discussion in '2000-02 Archive' started by Jim1999, Nov 12, 2002.

  1. Jim1999

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    Jesus, wondrous Saviour! Christ, of kings the King!
    Angels fall before Thee, Prostrate, worshipping;
    Fairest they confess Thee In the heaven above.
    We would sing Thee fairest Here in hymns of love;

    Fairer far than sunlight Unto eyes that wait
    Amid fear and darkness, ’Til the morning break;
    Fairer than the daydawn, Hills and dales among,
    When its tide of glory Wakes the tide of song;

    Sweeter far than music Quivering from keys
    That unbind all feeling With strange harmonies.
    Thou art more and dearer Than all minstrelsy;
    Only in Thy presence Can joy's fullness be.

    All earth's flowing pleasures Were a wintry sea,
    Heaven itself without Thee Dark as night would be.
    Lamb of God! Thy glory Is the light above.
    Lamb of God! Thy glory Is the life of love.

    Life is death if severed From Thy throbbing heart.
    Death with life abundant At Thy touch would start.
    Worlds and men and angels All consist in Thee:
    Yet Thou camest to us In humility.

    Jesus! all perfections Rise and end in Thee;
    Brightness of God's glory Thou, eternally.
    Favoured beyond measure They Thy face who see;
    May we, gracious Saviour, Share this ecstasy.

    The McMaster Hymn
    D. A. McGregor 1847-1890

    This was the standard hymn for baptists in Canada up to the 1927 split against modernism. The hymn continued through the liberal reign at McMaster Divinity School and saw the return to conservative theology.