Oh, how shall I receive thee

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Oh, how shall I receive thee, how meet thee on thy way, 
blessed hope of every nation, my soul's delight and stay? 
O Jesus, Jesus, give me now by thine own pure light 
to know whatever is pleasing and welcome in thy sight. 

Love caused thine incarnation; Love brought thee down to me. 
Thy thirst for my salvation procured my liberty. 
Oh, love beyond all telling, that led thee to embrace, 
in love, all love excelling, our lost and troubled race. 

Thou comest, Lord, with gladness, in mercy and good will, 
to bring an end to sadness and bid our fears be still. 
We welcome thee, our Savior; come gather us to thee, 
that in thy light eternal our joyous home may be.

#182 in Hymnal: A Worship Book

Words:  Paul Gerhardt, Wie soll ich dich empfangen, Praxis Pietatis Melica, 1653;
                    tr. Arthur T. Russell, Psalms and Hymns, 1851, alt.
   Tune:  Melchoir Teschner, 1613, Ein Andachtiges Gebet, 1615

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