76. My Song Is Love Unknown

1 My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me,
Love to the loveless shown
That they might lovely be.
O who am I
That for my sake
My Lord should take
Frail flesh, and die?

2 Christ came from heaven's throne
Salvation to bestow,
But people scorned and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
But O my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need
His life did spend!

3 Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing,
Resounding all the way
Hosannas to their King,
Then “Crucify!”
Is all their breath,
And for His death
They thirst and cry.

4 They rise, and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of life they slay.
Yet steadfast He
To suffering goes,
That He His foes
From thence might free.

5 Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine:
Never was love, dear King,
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend,
In whose sweet
Could gladly spend.

Text Information
First Line: My song is love unknown
Title: My Song Is Love Unknown
Author: Samuel Crossman (1664)
Publication Date: 1990
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: John Ireland (1918)
Key: D Major
Copyright: Copyright © John Ireland Turst. Used by permission.

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