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The Love of God

Far beyond all human comprehension

Author: Haldor Lillenas
Tune: [Far beyond all human comprehension]
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Far beyond all human comprehension,
Measured by an infinite dimension,
Wonderfully broad in its intention,
Is the boundless love of God.

Love divine surpasses all that human tongue can tell,
While on earth or in eternity;
Higher than the mountains where the soaring eagles dwell,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea,
Love sufficient to redeem and set a captive free,
As shoreless and as endless as eternity.

2 Great enough to sacrifice with pleasure,
And to give away its richest treasure,
And to drink of pain in brimming measure,
Is the wondrous love of God. [Refrain]

3 Greater than my sin and condemnation,
Great enough to give me, full salvation,
And to fill my soul with jubilation,
Is the matchless love of God. [Refrain]

4 Deep enough for those in degradation,
Higher than the highest elevation,
Broad enough to take in ev’ry nation,
Is the boundless love of God. [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 4 #187

Author: Haldor Lillenas

Rv Haldor Lillenas DMus Norway/USA 1885-1959. Born at Stord, near Bergen, Norway, his father sold their 15 acre farm in Norway and emigrated to the U.S., buying a farm in Colton, SD. After he built a sod house, the family (wife and three chldren) also came to SD in 1887. They moved to Astoria, Oregon in 1889, where Lillenas learned English and began writing song lyrics at an early age. In 1900 the family moved again to Roseville, MN, where he worked as a farm laborer and began attending a Lutheran high school at Hawick, MN. He sold a few songs at age 19. At age 21 he began writing more songs, encouraged by some earlier ones becoming popular (“He set me free” was one). His mother died in 1906 and his father returned to ND, but Li… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Far beyond all human comprehension
Title: The Love of God
Author: Haldor Lillenas
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Love divine surpasses all that human tongue can tell
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: Public Domain



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Alexander's Conference Hymnal #32

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Alexander's Hymns No. 4 #187

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Conference Hymnal #57

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