"O Perfect Life of Love"
by Henry W. Baker, 1821-1877
Text From:
THE HANDBOOK TO THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
(St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.133



1. O perfect life of love!
All, all, is finished now,
All that He left His throne above
To do for us below.

2. No work is left undone
Of all the Father willed;
His toil, His sorrows, one by one,
The Scriptures have fulfilled.

3. No pain that we can share
But He has felt its smart;
All forms of human grief and care
Have pierced that tender heart.

4. And on His thorn-crowned head
And on His sinless soul
Our sins in all that guilt were laid
That He might make us whole.

5. In perfect love He dies;
For me He dies, for me.
O all-atoning Sacrifice,
I cling by faith to Thee.

6. In every time of need,
Before the judgment-throne,
Thy works, O Lamb of God, I'll plead,
Thy merits, not mine own.

7. Yet work, O Lord, in me
As Thou for me hast wrought,
And let my love the answer be
To grace Thy love has brought.



Notes:
Hymn #170 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_
Text: John 19:30
Author: Henry W. Baker, 1875
Composer: William Daman, 1579
Tune: "Southwell"
1st Published in: _Psalter"