Oh, Christ, the Living Word of God

To the tune ST. ANNE (“Oh, God, Our Help in Ages Past”):

 Oh, Christ, the living word of God,
 draw near and pierce my heart.
 Oh, sharper than a two-edged sword,
 my joints and marrow part!
 My soul and spirit, Lord, expose;
 my mind and strength lay bare,
 and where my wound or weakness shows,
 there lavish all your care!
 Oh, Great Physician, I am sick,
 but hid away I waste
 and gutter like a smold'ring wick.
 Come, Son of God, in haste!
 Reach out across the great divide
 that earth and heaven parts,
 that keeps me from your opened side,
 and draw me to your heart.
 There make my heart as yours, my Lord,
 for all the world aflame.
 Oh, heal me, ever-living sword,
 for glory of your name! 
Jesus healing blind Bartimaeus, by Johann Heinrich Stöver, 1861, Photo By Marion Halft – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=19541671

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