Friday, April 21, 2006

My God, How Wonderful Thou Art

by Frederick W. Faber
from Jesus and Mary, 1849

My God, how wonderful Thou art,
Thy majesty, how bright;
How beautiful Thy mercy seat
In depths of burning light!

How dread are Thy eternal years,
O everlasting Lord,
By prostrate spirits day and night
Incessantly adored!

How wonderful, how beautiful,
The sight of Thee must be;
Thy endless wisdom, boundless power,
And glorious purity!

O how I fear Thee, living God,
With deep and tender fear;
And worship Thee with trembling hope,
And penitential tears!

Yet, I may love Thee, too, O Lord,
Almighty as Thou art;
For Thou hast stooped to ask of me
The love of my poor heart!

No earthly father loves like Thee,
No mother, e’er so mild,
Bears and forbears as Thou hast done,
With me, Thy sinful child.

Father of Jesus, love’s Reward!
What rapture it will be
Prostrate before Thy throne to lie,
And gaze, and gaze on Thee!

10 Talked Back:

At April 21, 2006 at 2:02:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

This is beautiful. I love the third stanza, "How wonderful, how beautiful, the sight of Thee must be." It puts me in mind of (and forgive me for going literary here, but I really must reference this) Ransom's first sight of the king in Perelandra. That moment of seeing His face will be a moment that can never be described by mere words, but in a small way, will be expressed by our eternal praise to God. Wow, how awesome is that to think about!


At April 24, 2006 at 12:22:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Perelandra has been mentioned quite a bit lately around me. I think I need to read it. Besides everything Lewis writes is amazing. I think I need to take a trip to Borders...


At April 24, 2006 at 7:24:00 AM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Katie-you should totally read Perelandra. It is one of my favorite of Lewis's works! I do recommend reading Out of the Silent Planet first, though, so that it will make more sense. But you're right, Lewis is amazing!


At April 24, 2006 at 8:25:00 AM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

And then, once you've finished Perelandra, the final book of the trilogy is That Hideous Strength, which I happen to like the best out of all three. (But that's just me.)


At April 26, 2006 at 12:03:00 AM CDT, Blogger Katie said...

Oh lookey here, more suggestions on Stan's blog for me to read. I like the way we are using this post as a side conversation. Thanks girls I'm going to check the series out.


At April 26, 2006 at 9:50:00 AM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Katie, you should know that the reason Jana likes That Hideous Strength the best is because it is the most difficult to understand. (And whatever you do, don't get her started on Dante!) So, my advice is to read with patience and make sure you have plenty of time to reread a passage here and there! (I have personally been unable to finish it.)


At April 26, 2006 at 2:11:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

Oh, and Katie, you reminded me, I think we should all thank Stan for letting us use his serious post as a forum for our little literary discussion! So, thanks a bunch, Stan! We all think you're awesome!! ;)


At April 26, 2006 at 5:43:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jana Swartwood said...

Yes, it is difficult, but I almost would say that Out of the Silent Planet is more difficult simply out of the fact that it's the first book and you have to wrap your mind around the weirdness of the book concept, whereas once you're in the other books, you're more acclimated to what's going on.

My advice to anyone reading the space triology: "Give in to the weirdness, because believe me, there will be weirdness. Don't give up on the book, and things will slowly start to become more clear."

Nicole might do well to take that same advice when it comes to That Hideous Strength. :)


At April 26, 2006 at 8:18:00 PM CDT, Blogger Nicole said...

I will admit, that is good advice, Jana. I remember you telling me that when I started to read the trilogy. "Give into the weirdness." It did help out a lot! (Oh, I will pick up That Hideous Strength again someday. I am a tad busy at present.)


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