Hymn 11 - "Thou art the blest incarnate Word,"
THOU art the blest incarnate Word,
The Father's only Son,
God manifest, God seen and heard,
The heav'n's beloved One;
The Lamb of God, exalted Lord,
Worthy art Thou to be adored!
In Thee most perfectly expressed
The Father's self doth shine:
Thou of full Deity possessed,
With Thee before the Father's face,
We celebrate His boundless grace.
Image of th' Infinite Unseen,
Whose Being none can know;
Brightness of light no eye hath seen,
God's love revealed below;
The light of love has shone in Thee,
And in that love our souls are free.
The higher myst'ries of Thy fame
The creature's grasp transcend;
The Father only (glorious claim!)
The Son can comprehend.
The sweetness of that name of love
The Spirit gives us now to prove.
Yet loving Thee, on whom His love
Ineffable doth rest,
Our hearts are led to Him above,
And we with Thee are blest.
The Father's name Thou hast declared,
The Father's love with Thee is shared.
Of the vast universe of bliss
The centre Thou and Sun;
Th' eternal theme of praise is this,
That God's beloved Son
Fills all that scene, where God alone
In His own rest is fully known.