Thereís a wideness in Godís mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
Thereís a kindness in his justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earthís sorrows
Are more felt than up in heaven;
There is no place where earthís failings
Have such kindly judgement given.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of manís 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 his strictness
With a zeal he will not own.
There is plentiful redemption
In the blood that has been shed;
There is joy for all the members
In the sorrows of the Head.
There is grace enough for thousands
Of new worlds as great as this;
There is room for fresh creations
In that upper home of bliss.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take him at his word;
And our lives would be all gladness
In the joy of Christ our Lord.
Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)