It sets the Lamb before our eyes,
Who made th’ atoning sacrifice,
And calls the souls with guilt oppressed
To come and find eternal rest.
It brings the Savior’s righteousness
To robe our souls in royal dress;
From all our guilt it brings release
And gives the troubled conscience peace.
It is the pow’r of God to save
From sin and Satan and the grave;
It works the faith, which firmly clings
To all the treasures which it brings.
It bears to all the tidings glad
And bids their hearts no more be sad;
The weary, burdened souls it cheers
And banishes their guilty fears.
May we in faith its tidings learn
Nor thanklessly its blessings spurn;
May we in faith its truth confess
And praise the Lord, our righteousness!
Matthias Loy (1828-1915)