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88 Most Popular & Representative Christian Hymns From Frederick William Faber.

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146                     FABER'S HYMNS.
The solemn face, the downcast eye, The words constrained and cold,
These are the homage, poor at best, Of those outside the fold.
They know not how our God can play The Babe's, the Brother's part;
Thy dream not of the ways He has Of getting at the heart.
Most winningly He lowers Himself, Yet they dare not come near:
They cannot know in their blind place The love that casts out fear.
In lowest depths of littleness God sinks to gain our love;
They put away the sign in fear, And our free ways reprove.
Would that they knew what Jesus was,
And what untold abyss Lies in Love's simple forwardness
Of more than earthly bliss!
Would that they knew what faith can woi
WThat Sacraments can do, What simple love is like, on fire
In hearts absolved and true !

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