Strong Son of God, immortal
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Strong Son of God, immortal Love,
whom we, that have not seen thy face,
by faith, and faith alone, embrace,
believing where we cannot prove;
thou seemest human and divine,
the highest, holiest one art thou.
Our wills are ours, we know not how -
our wills are ours, to make them thine.
Our little systems have their day -
they have their day and cease to be.
They are but broken lights of thee,
and thou, O Lord, art more than they.
We have but faith -- we cannot know,
for knowledge is of things we see,
and yet we trust it comes from thee,
a beam in darkness; let it grow.
Let knowledge grow from more to more,
but more of reverence in us dwell,
that mind and soul, according well,
may make one music as before.
Words: Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam, 1850, alt.
Tune: George J. Elvey, 1862, Selection of Psalm and
Hymn Tunes, 1863
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