W(h)ither the Great Lutheran Hymns? – Trinity 11: “Oh, How Great Is Thy Compassion”

Sorry, I’m late.

Here’s the damage:

TLH 384

LSB 559

1. Oh, how great is Thy compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
And in our deep degradation
Thou wast merciful that we
Might be saved eternally!
1. Oh, how great is Your compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
In our depth of degradation
You had mercy so that we
Might be saved eternally!
2. Thy great love for this hath striven
That we may from sin be free
And forever live with Thee;
Yea, Thy Son Himself hath given
In His grace an earnest call
To His Supper unto all.
2. Your great love for this hath striven
That we may, from sin made free,
Live with You eternally.
Your dear Son Himself has given
And extends His gracious call,
To His Supper leads us all.
3. And for this our souls’ salvation
Voucheth Thy good Spirit, Lord,
In Thy Sacraments and Word.
He imparteth consolation,
Granteth us the gift of faith
That we fear nor hell nor death.
3. Firmly to our souls’ salvation
Witnesses Your Spirit, Lord,
In Your Sacraments and Word.
There He sends true consolation,
Giving us the gift of faith
That we fear not hell nor death.
4. Lord, Thy mercy will not leave me—
Truth doth evermore abide,—
Then in Thee I will confide.
Since Thy Word cannot deceive me,
My salvation is to me
Well assured eternally.
4. Lord, Your mercy will not leave me;
Ever will Your truth abide.
Then in You I will confide.
Since Your Word cannot deceive me,
My salvation is to me
Safe and sure eternally.
5. I will praise Thy great compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
And in our deep degradation
Thou wast merciful that we
Might bring endless praise to Thee.
5. I will praise Your great compassion,
Faithful Father, God of grace,
That with all our fallen race
In our depth of degradation
You had mercy so that we
Might be saved eternally!

Boomer fingerprints everywhere.

I’d turn this into a shorthand, “BFE,” but in addition to referring to a certain unpleasant locale in Egypt, in Lutheran-land this acronynm also refers to a certain editor-in-chief of Gottesdienst, and I don’t want to suggest that he is somehow culpable for the desecration that I’ve been cataloguing here. He is not.

Just…look what they did to this hymn.

Hymnary doesn’t have a scan of TLH’s version available. Sorry.

Does anyone else feel like they’re watching a train-wreck? I sure do. On to the next disappointment.

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