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O matchless beauty of our God

O matchless beauty of our God
so ancient and so new,
kindle in us your fire of love;
fall on us as the dew!

2. How late we came to love you, Lord;
how strong the hold of sin!
Your beauty speaks from all that is:
your likeness pleads within.

3. You called and cried, yet we were deaf;
our stubborn wills you bent;
you shed your fragrance and we caught
a moment of its scent.

4. You blazed and sparkled, yet our hearts
to lesser glories turned;
your radiance touched us far from home;
your beauty in us burned!

5. And should our faith grow weak and fall,
tried in the wilderness,
let beauty blossom out of ash
and streams of water bless!

6. O matchless beauty of our God
so ancient and so new,
enfold in us your fire of love;
anoint us with your dew!

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