1 Father, whose everlasting love
your only Son for sinners gave,
whose grace to all did freely move,
and sent him down the world to save:
2 help us your mercy to extol,
immense, unfathomed, unconfined;
to praise the Lamb who died for all,
the Saviour of all humankind.
3 Your undistinguishing regard
was cast on Adam's fallen race;
for all you have in Christ prepared
sufficient, sovereign, saving grace.
4 The world he suffered to redeem;
for all he has the atonement made;
for those that will not come to him
the ransom of his life was paid.
5 Arise, O God, maintain your cause!
The fullness of the nations call;
lift up the standard of your cross,
and all shall own you died for all.
Source: Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #213b
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Father, Whose everlasting love. Thy only Son, &c. C. Wesley. [Praise for Redemption.] Appeared in his tract Hymns on God's Everlasting Love, 1741, in 17 stanzas of 4 lines, No. i. It was afterwards reprinted in the Arminian Magazine, 1778, p. 430. Sometime after J. Wesley's death, but before 1809, stanzas i.-iii., viii., xii., and xvii., were given in the Wesleyan Hymn Book, in a slightly altered form. The cento is also found in other collections. Original text in Poetical Works, vol. iii. p. 3.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)