Tuesday Hymns: “Thou Who Wast Rich beyond All Splendor”

Last Sunday night we sang Frank Houghton’s hymn, Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor, which is our Tuesday Hymn for this week. Houghton worked with the China Inland Mission and after a particularly trying few years went on a tour of mission points, and while on that tour wrote the words to this hymn. It reminds us that Christ left the glories of heaven to come to earth; that Christ, although fully God, took on human flesh and also became fully man; and, that love like Christ’s can never be comprehended by His creatures. It is sung to the French tune QUELLE EST CETTE ODEUR AGREABLE .

Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becamest poor;
Thrones for a manger didst surrender,
Sapphire-paved courts for stable floor.
Thou who wast rich beyond all splendour,
All for love’s sake becomes poor.

Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man;
Stooping so low, but sinners raising
Heavenwards by thine eternal plan.
Thou who art God beyond all praising,
All for love’s sake becamest man.

Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.
Emmanuel, within us dwelling,
Make us what thou wouldst have us be.
Thou who art love beyond all telling,
Saviour and King, we worship thee.

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1 Comment

  1. Sandra A. said,

    December 23, 2010 at 7:16 PM

    Thank you for your blogs, Clifton. Merry Christmas to you and the family.


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