Behold, what love, that God should give

Representative Text

1 Behold what love, that God should give
To us His only Son,
That all who trust in Him should live
While endless ages run.

2 Behold what love, that God should call
The sons of men His own,
Joint heirs with Christ, the Lord of all,
To an eternal throne!

3 Behold what things He hath prepared
For those who love Him here;
No eye hath seen, no ear hath shared
The glories of that sphere.

4 Thy love, O God, transcends all thought,
How faint and weak is mine!
Help me to love Thee as I ought,
O give me love like Thine!


Source: The Hymnal and Order of Service #189

Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden

Ernest Edwin Ryden is a distinguished Lutheran clergyman who has been a life-long student of hymns. At present he is pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church in North Grosvenordale, Connecticut. This is the latest of a long series of services he has rendered in the Lutheran Church. For twenty-seven years he was editor of "The Lutheran Companion," the official organ of the former Augustana Lutheran Church. His contributions to hymnody were many. He was a member of the Committee which created the Augustana Hymnal of 1925 to which he contributed eight original hymns and translations. He was co-editor of the Junior Hymnal for which he wrote a number of hymns. He was secretary of the committee which prepared the Service Book and Hymnal. Here again he h… Go to person page >

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First Line: Behold, what love, that God should give
Author: Ernest Edwin Ryden
Copyright: Public Domain


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Though no firm documentation exists, ST. ANNE was probably composed by William Croft (PHH 149), possibly when he was organist from 1700-1711 at St. Anne's Church in Soho, London, England. (According to tradition, St. Anne was the mother of the Virgin Mary.) The tune was first published in A Suppleme…

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The Hymnal and Order of Service #189


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