God is love, that anthem olden

God is love, that anthem olden

Author: John S. B. Monsell
Tune: HEBER (Hopkins)
Published in 28 hymnals

Author: John S. B. Monsell

Monsell, John Samuel Bewley, L.L.D., son of Thomas Bewley Monsell, Archdeacon of Londonderry, was born at St. Columb's, Londonderry, March 2,1811, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin (B.A. 1832, LL.D. 1856). Taking Holy Orders in 1834, "he was successively Chaplain to Bishop Mant, Chancellor of the diocese of Connor, Rector of Ramoan, Vicar of Egham, diocese Worcester, and Rector of St. Nicholas's, Guildford. He died in consequence of a fall from the roof of his church, which was in the course of rebuilding, April 9, 1875. His prose works include Our New Vicar, 1867; The Winton Church Catechist, &c. His poetical works are:— (1) Hymns and Miscellaneous Poems, Dublin, W. Curry, Jun., & Co., 1837; (2) Parish Musings, or Devotional Poem… Go to person page >

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Author: John S. B. Monsell


God is love; that anthem olden. J.S.B. Monsell. [God is Love.] A poem for the 1st Sunday after Trinity, appeared in his Spiritual Songs, 1856 and 1857, in 6 stanzas of 6 lines. A second form of the text in 4 stanzas, beginning, “God is love: the heavens tell it," was included in the Rev. F. Pott's Hymns, &c, 1861, No. 209. These stanzas, with a return to the original text save "Our" for "Their" in stanza iv., line 5, are found in the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, No. 372, Thring's Collection, and several others. The complete text of 1856-57 was repeated by Dr. Monsell in his Parish Hymnal, 1873. During his last illness the hymn was revised by the author for the people's edition of his Spiritual Songs. The opening lines read:—
"God is Love: by Him upholden, Hang the glorious orbs of light."
This form of the hymn is in Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, and others. In the notes to Church Hymns, fol. edition, 1881, it is regarded as the original text in error. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



Instances (1 - 28 of 28)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
A Church of England Hymn Book: adapted to the daily services of the Church throughout the year #268
A Selection of Spiritual Songs for the Sunday School #d64
A Selection of Spiritual Songs: with music, for the Sunday-school #36Page Scan
Carmina for Social Worship #d75
Carmina for the Sunday School and Social Worship #54Page Scan
Church Hymns with Tunes #372
Common Praise: hymns with tunes for Christian worship #116Page Scan
Garnered Gems of Sunday School Song #105Page Scan
Hymns for Schools and Colleges #72Page Scan
Hymns of the Christian Life #d114
Hymns of the Christian Life #d113
Love and Praise #d41
Our New Hymnal #199Page Scan
Pilgrim Songs No.2 #d80
Select Songs No. 2: for the singing service in the prayer meeting; Sunday school; Christian Endeavor meetings #42Page Scan
Select Sunday School Songs #d33
Songs of the Christian Life #62Page Scan
The Children's Hymnary #d27
The Church Hymnal #d119
The Church Hymnary: a collection of hymns and tunes for public worship #117Page Scan
The Hymnal of Praise #97Page Scan
The New Children's Hymnal #d85
The Pilgrim Hymnal #37Page Scan
The Pilgrim Hymnal: with responsive readings and other aids to worship #46Page Scan
The Praise Hymnary: a collection of sacred song #14Page Scan
The Sabbath Hour #d23
The School Hymnal: a book of worship for young people #32Page Scan
Worship in Song: a selection of hymns and tunes for the Service of the Sanctuary #143Page Scan
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