How Beautiful the Mystery

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This Christmas hymn was written by Eric Schumacher in 2000, and Jeff Bourque and David Ward wrote a new tune for it in December 2010. You can find the original hymn text for use with the tune MANOAH (When All Your Mercies) at the hymn text page.


How beautiful the mystery:
Th’Eternal Word comes down
To live and love and die and rise,
To claim His victor’s crown.
Content we find Him cradled there
Amongst the filth and beasts.
Who would believe that He will be
Our guide from death to peace!

How beautiful the mystery:
Th’Eternal Word came down;
The Servant-King has set us free
To live for His renown.

By angry swords and dark decree
He’s driven from His land.
But still He humbly bows His head
To trust His Father’s hand.
The spotless Lamb lays down His life,
A curse upon a cross.
Then lives that He might guarantee
That no sheep will be lost.

How beautiful the mystery:
The Word shall come again
To raise His own to live with Him,
Set free from death and sin.
O! May our hearts grow ever fond
Of Mary’s precious boy:
Our Christ, our hope, our heart’s desire,
Our King and Sov’reign Joy!

By Jeff Bourque, Eric Schumacher, and David L. Ward
© 2000,2010, admin by Thousand Tongues.


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Thanks, Brothers. Fresh words & music to old and unchanging truth. Sweet!
» Todd Braye on December 11th, 2010

Much meaning appreciated.
» Morley on December 12th, 2010
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