“O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide”
Author: Friedrich von Spee
Translator: Martin L. Seltz
“O Savior, rend the heavens wide!
Come down, come down with mighty stride.
Unbar the gates, the doors break down;
unbar the way to heaven’s crown.
O Day-spring, dew from heaven send.
As gentle dew, O Son, descend.
Drop down, you clouds, and torrents bring,
to Jacob’s line rain down a King.
O earth, in flowering bud be seen,
clothe hill and dale in garb of green.
O earth, bring forth this Blossom rare;
O Savior, rise from meadow fair.
O Morning Star, O radiant Dawn,
When will we sing your morning song?
Come, Son of God! Without your light
We grope in dread and gloom of night.
Here dreadful doom upon us lies.
Death looms so grim before our eyes.
O come, lead us with mighty hand
from exile to our promised land.
There will we all our praises bring
ever to Thee our Savior King.
There will we laud Thee and adore
forever and forevermore.“