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The Love of Jesus

Representative Text

1 How loving is Jesus who came from the sky,
In tenderest pity for sinners to die;
His hands and His feet were nailed to the tree,
And all this He suffer’d for you and for me.

O loving Jesus,
O loving Jesus,
O loving Jesus,
I long thy dear face to behold.

2 How freely does Jesus full pardon impart,
To all who receive Him by faith in their hearts;
No evil betides them, their home is above
And Jesus throws ‘round them the arms of His love. [Refrain]

3 How precious is Jesus to all who believe,
And out of His fullness, what grace they receive,
When weak He supports them, when erring He guides,
And ev’rything needful He kindly provides. [Refrain]

Source: Triumphant Songs No.4 #54

Author: Randall H. Ballantyne

Ballantyne, Randall Hunter, sister of R. M. Ballantyne, the novelist, was born July 8, 1821, and died in August, 1861. Her Heir of Glory was published in 1849, Mabel Grant, 1854, and others. Her hymn, "How loving is Jesus, Who came from the sky" (The Love of Jesus ), in The Church Hymnary (Scotch), 1898, appeared in her Hymns about Jesus, 1842. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How loving is Jesus, Who came from the sky
Title: The Love of Jesus
Author: Randall H. Ballantyne
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


[How loving is Jesus who came from the sky] (Lewis)

GORDON (Gordon)

In 1870 Featherstone's text came to the attention of Adoniram J. Gordon (b. New Hampton, NH, 1836; d. Boston, MA, 1895), an evangelical preacher who was compiling a new Baptist hymnal. Because he was unhappy with the existing melody for this text, Gordon composed this tune; as he wrote, "in a moment…

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The Cyber Hymnal #10425
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