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Doolin near the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland

 
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy
by Frederick William Faber (1814-1863)

There's a wideness in God's mercy 
   like the wideness of the sea; 
there's a kindness in God's justice, 
   which is more than liberty. 
There is welcome for the sinner, 
   and more graces for the good; 
there is mercy with the Savior; 
   there is healing in his blood. 

There is no place where earth's sorrows 
   are more felt than up in heaven; 
there is no place where earth's failings 
   have such kindly judgment given. 
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 measure of the mind; 
and the heart of the Eternal 
   is most wonderfully kind. 
If our love were but more faithful, 
   we should trust God's every word; 
and our life would be thanksgiving 
   for the goodness of the Lord.

 

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