618. O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High

1 O love, how deep, how broad, how high,
beyond all thought and fantasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals' sake.

2 For us baptized, for us he bore
his holy fast and hungered sore;
for us temptations sharp he knew,
for us, the tempter overthrew.

3 For us by wickedness betrayed,
for us, in crown of thorns arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death;
for us gave up his dying breath.

4 For us he rose from death again;
for us he went on high to reign;
for us he sent the Spirit here
to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

5 All glory to our Lord and God,
for love so deep, so high, so broad:
the Trinity whom we adore
forever and forevermore.

Text Information
First Line: O love, how deep, how broad, how high
Title: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High
Author: Thomas à Kempis (15th cent.)
Translator: Benjamin Webb (1854, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: LM
Scripture: Matthew 3:13; Matthew 4:1-11; Matthew 27:27-31; Mark 1:9-13; Mark 10:46-52; Mark 15:17-20; Mark 15:37; Luke 4:1-13; John 3:16-17; Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Ephesians 3:18-19; Philippians 2:7; 1 John 4:10
Topic: Adoration; Christian Year: Baptism of Jesus; Christian Year: Good Friday (7 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Harmonizer: Alfred V. Fedak (1993)
Meter: LM
Key: c minor or modal
Source: "The Agincourt Song," c. 1415
Copyright: Harm. © 1993 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.

Text Information:

Reducing a 23-stanza Latin text to these five English stanzas intensifies this survey of the mystery of the Incarnation and strengthens the repeated reminder that all was done “for us.” A comparable tone of proclamation animates this 15th-century song celebrating a military victory.

Audio recording: Audio (MP3)
More media are available on the text authority and tune authority pages.