O Divine Lover!

("Solitude Sweetened" by James Meikle)

"Christ died for the ungodly." (Romans 5:6)

Behold! the eternal Son of God loves . . .
  an ugly, deformed, miserable creature,
  a crawling worm,
  a condemned criminal,
  an insolvent debtor,
  a rebel against heaven,
  a daring sinner,
  a drudge to hell,
  a slave to lust,
  a captive of Satan,
  a prisoner of the pit!

This is love indeed!

How ardently, O Divine Lover! should my soul go
out after You! I long for that glorious day, when I
shall mourn Your absence no more--when, admitted
into Your presence, I shall delight in all Your love,
and feast on all Your charms, world without end!