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    WHAT was it, O our God,
   Led Thee to give Thy Son,
    To yield Thy Well-beloved
        For us by sin undone?
’Twas love unbounded led Thee thus
To give Thy Well-beloved for us.
2      What led the Son of God
        To leave His throne on high,
    To shed His precious blood,
        To suffer and to die?
’Twas love, unbounded love to us,
Led Him to die and suffer thus.
3      What moved Thee to impart
        Thy Spirit from above,
    That He might fill our heart
        With heavenly peace and love?
’Twas love, unbounded love to us,
Moved Thee to give Thy Spirit thus.
4      What love to Thee we owe,
        Our God, for all Thy grace!
    Our hearts may well o’erflow
        In everlasting praise:
Help us, O Lord, to praise Thee thus
For all Thy boundless love to us.
Ann Gilbert, 1782-1866