A Hymn For Today
Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor,
First begotten from the dead,
You alone, our strong defender,
Now lift up Your people’s head.
Here we kneel, our homage paying,
Here in loving rev’rence bow;
Here for faith’s discernment praying,
Lest we fail to know You now.
Though the lowly form may veil You
As of old in Bethlehem,
Here as there Your angels hail You,
Branch and flow’r of Jesse’s stem.
Paschal Lamb, Your off’ring finished
Once for all when You were slain,
In its fullness undiminished
Shall forevermore remain.
Great High Priest of our profession,
Through the veil You entered in,
By Your mighty intercession,
Grace and peace for us to win.
Life-imparting heav’nly manna,
Smitten rock with streaming side,
Heav’n and earth with loud hosanna
Worship You, the Lamb who died.
184.108.40.206.D – vv. 1, 2, George H. Bourne, 1874
vs. 3 – Unknown
Tune: HYFRYDOL – Rowland H. Prichard, 1831
#243 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012