Deck Hymns


A friend recently handed me a little book of ‘Hymns and sacred poems‘ by James G. Deck. I’d never heard of him, but apparently he was a big deal for Brethren, especially in New Zealand. I can see why, he does have a great beard. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading through this book, because the first hymn is a real corker.

Here is it (minus a couple of verses):


Lamb of God! our souls adore Thee,
While upon Thy face we gaze;
There the Father’s love and glory
Shine in all their brightest rays;
Thy Almighty pow’r and wisdom
All creation’s works proclaim;
Heav’n and earth alike confess Thee
As the ever great “I AM.”

Son of God! Thy Father’s bosom
Ever was Thy dwelling place;
His delight, in Him rejoicing,
One with Him in pow’r and grace;
Oh, what wondrous love and mercy!
Thou didst lay Thy glory by;
And for us didst come from heaven
As the Lamb of God to die.

Lamb of God! When we behold Thee
Lowly in the manger laid,
Wand’ring as a homeless stranger
In the world Thy hands had made;
When we see Thee in the garden
In Thine agony of blood;
At Thy grace we are confounded,
Holy, spotless Lamb of God!

When we see Thee, as the victim,
Bound to the accursed tree,
For our guilt and folly stricken,
All our judgment borne by Thee,-
Lord, we own, with hearts adoring,
Thou hast loved us unto blood;
Glory, glory everlasting
Be to Thee, Thou Lamb of God.

Lamb of God! Thou now art seated
High upon Thy Father’s throne;
All Thy gracious work completed,
All Thy mighty victory won:
Every knee in heaven is bending
To the Lamb for sinner slain;
Every voice and harp is swelling,
“Worthy is the Lamb to reign!”

Lamb of God,  when Thou in glory
Shalt to this sad earth return;
All Thy foes shall quake before Thee,
All who now despise Thee, mourn;
Then shall we, with Thee appearing,
In Thy glorious kingdom reign;
Thine the praise and Thine the glory,
Lamb of God, for sinners slain!

What do you think?