O love of God

Anthem, which is suitable for many occasions and through different seasons in the liturgical year. For choir (SATB div.) and organ. Lyrics by Horatius Bonar (1808-1889).

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O love of God, how strong and true,
eternal and yet ever new,
uncomprehended and unbought,
beyond all knowledge and all thought!
O love of God, how deep and great,
far deeper than man’s(/our) deepest hate;
self-fed, self-kindled like the light,
changeless, eternal, infinite.

O heavenly love, how precious still,
in days of weariness and ill,
in nights pain and helplessness,
to heal, to comfort, and to bless!
O wide-embracing, wondrous love!
We read Thee in the sky above,
we read Thee in the earth below,
in seas that swell and streams that flow.

We read Thee best in Him who came
to bear for us the cross of shame,
sent by the Father from on high,
our life to live, our death to die.
We read Thy power to bless and save,
even in the darkness of the grave;
still more in resurrection light
we read the fullness of Thy might.

O love of God, our shield and stay
through all the perils of our way!
Eternal love, in Thee we rest,
forever safe, forever blest.
We will exalt Thee, God and King,
and we will ever praise Thy name;
we will extol Thee every day,
and evermore Thy praise proclaim.

Photo by Michalis Mantelos on Unsplash.

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