F.W. Faber

SOULS of men, why will ye scatter

Like a crowd of frightened sheep?

Foolish hearts, why will ye wander

From a love so true and deep?


Was there ever kindest shepherd

Half so gentle, half so sweet,

As the Saviour who would have us

Come and gather round His feet?


There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Like the wideness of the sea,

There’s a kindness in His justice

Which is more than liberty.


There is welcome for the sinner,

And more graces for the good;

There is mercy with the Saviour

There is healing in His blood.


There is plentiful redemption

In the blood that has been shed;

There is joy for all the members

In the sorrows of the Head.


For the love of God is broader

Than the measures of man’s mind;

And the heart of the Eternal

Is most wonderfully kind.


But we make His love too narrow

By false limits of our own;

And we magnify its strictness

With a zeal He will not own.


If our love were but more simple

We should take Him at His Word:

And our lives would be all sunshine

In the sweetness of our Lord.


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