Here Is Love Vast As the Ocean

Representative Text

1 Here is love, vast as the ocean,
lovingkindness as the flood:
when the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
throughout heav'n's eternal days.

2 On the mount of crucifixion
fountains opened deep and wide;
through the floodgates of God's mercy
flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
poured incessant from above,
and heav'n's peace and perfect justice
kissed a guilty world in love.

3 In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
by Thy Spirit through Thy word;
and Thy grace my need is meeting
as I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and pow'r on me
without measure, full and boundless,
drawing out my heart to Thee.

Source: Psalms and Hymns to the Living God #315

Author: William Rees

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Translator: William Edwards

Born: March 16, 1848, Llanafon, in a small white-washed farmhouse on the borders of Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, Wales. Died: February 28, 1929, Cardiff, Wales. Buried: Cardiff, Wales. From Pontypool Baptist College, Edwards went to Regent’s Park, graduated from London University, was a tutor at Haverfordwest Baptist College (1872-80), then returned to Pontypool as principal and tutor in New Testament Greek. In 1882, he was one of the chief promoters of University College, Cardiff (of whose council he was a member the rest of his life). He was one of the most active supporters of the move of his own college from Pontypool to Cardiff in 1883. Edwards published many small books, and his translation of the New Testament from Gr… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Here is love as vast as the ocean
Title: Here Is Love Vast As the Ocean
Welsh Title: Dy­ma gar­iad fel y mor­oedd
Author: William Rees
Translator: William Edwards
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain




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