Commissioned by: Chancel Choir at First United Methodist Church – Ann Arbor, Mich.
Thou Hidden Love of God Chorale from Geistliche Lieder, 1539 Gerhard Tersteegen
Thou hidden love of God, whose height,
Whose depth unfathomed no one knows,
I see from a-far thy beauteous light,
And inly sigh for thy repose.
My heart is pained nor can I be at rest until I rest in thee.
Tis mercy all that thou hast brought,
My mind to seek its peace in thee,
Yet while I seek, but find thee not
No peace my wandering soul shall see
O when shall all my wanderings end,
And all my steps to thee-ward tend?
Is there a thing beneath the sun,
That strives with thee my heart to share?
Ah, tear it thence and reign alone,
The lord of every motion there
Make my thy duteous child that I,
May ceaseless Abba, Father cry.
Each moment draw from earth away,
My heart that lowly waits thy call,
Speak to my in-most soul and say,
I am thy love, they God, thy all!
To feel thy power, to hear thy voice,
To taste thy love, be all my choice.