Christ My Song - 770
In the Paradise of glory - The Paradise of God
(Frances Bevan/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
The Paradise of God.
Genesis 2,18; Ephesians 5,32.
1. In the Paradise of glory
is the Man Divine;
there my heart, O God, is tasting
fellowship with thine.
Called to share thy joy unmeasured,
now is heaven begun;
I rejoice with thee, O Father,
in thy glorious Son. (PDF - Midi)
2. Where the heart of God is resting,
I have found my rest;
Christ who found me in the desert,
laid me on his breast.
There in deep unhindered fulness
doth my joy flow free –
on through everlasting ages,
Lord, beholding thee.
3. Round me is creation groaning,
death, and sin, and care;
but there is a rest remaining,
and my Lord is there.
There I find a blessed stillness
in his courts of love;
all below but strife and darkness,
cloudless peace above.
4. 'Tis a solitary pathway
to that fair retreat –
where in deep and sweet communion
sit I at his feet.
In that glorious isolation,
loneliness how blessed,
from the windy storm and tempest
have I found my rest.
5. Learning from thy lips for ever
all the Father's heart,
thou hast, in that joy eternal,
chosen me my part.
There, where Jesus, Jesus only,
fills each heart and tongue,
where himself is all the radiance
and himself the song.
6. Here, who follows him the nearest,
needs must walk alone;
there like many seas the chorus,
praise surrounds the throne.
Here a dark and silent pathway;
in those courts so fair
countless hosts, yet each beholding
Jesus only, there.
Frances Bevan, Hymns of Ter Steegen, Suso and others 1, 1899, 97-99.