The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Eternity! Tremendous Word

For New Year

Words: "O, Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort," Johann Rist, Born 1607
Translation: Hymnologia Christiana

Music: "Original Melody. Harmony by Carl Seeger."

Source: J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #79, p. 124.

1. Eternity! tremendous word,
The womb of mysteries yet unheard,
    Beginning without ending;
O who can comprehend the woe,
Or who the joys that ceaseless flow,
    Thy silent course attending?
O morn that shall no evening see!
O marvels of eternity!

2. Here sorrows have their bound and stay;
Still after night returns the day,
    Sweet hope its solace plighting:
There everlasting is the grief,
No mercy there, no sweet relief
    On human heart alighting:
Eternity for evermore
Shall on the soul its terrors pour.

3. The wrath of heaven's almighty King
This fearful doom on all will bring
    Who live in godless fashion;
On all the scorners, who despise
The Son of God their Sacrifice,
    His Cross and bitter Passion:
O thankless scorn, O guilty pride,
God's love disdained, God's wrath defied!

4. O Jesu Christ, Thy grace we pray,
That we may know the accepted day,
    And seek Thy consolation:
Prepare us for Thy blest abode
By daily converse with our God
    In prayer and meditation.
The soul hath rest that dwells with Thee
In time and through eternity.

Sheet Music from J. H. Hopkins, ed., Great Hymns of the Church Compiled by the Late Right Reverend John Freeman Young (New York: James Pott & Company, 1887), #79, p. 124.

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