Thursday, June 5, 2008

Strengthen For Service, Lord, the Hands

I came across this text today as I was thumbing through 100 Hymns for Today (1969), a supplement to Hymns Ancient and Modern.  This text is ascribed to Ephraim the Syrian (c. 306-73), translated by C.W. Humphreys (1841-1931) and Percy Dearmer (1867-1936).  It is a hymn of sending.

1.  Strengthen for service, Lord, the hands
       that holy things have taken;
     Let ears that now have heard thy songs
       to clamor never waken.

2.  Lord, may the tongues which 'Holy' sang
        keep free from all deceiving;
     The eyes which saw thy love be bright,
        thy bles-sed hope perceiving.

3.  The feet that tread thy holy courts
         from light do thou not banish;
      The bodies by thy Body fed
         with thy new life replenish.

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