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How Much Greater is His Love!

I have seen a loving mother

Author: T. O. Chisholm
Tune: [I have seen a loving mother]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 I have seen a loving mother
Clasp her child upon her breast,
While her lips, with warm affection,
To its own were fondly pressed.
But there’s love that’s deeper, stronger—
If you ask, "How could it be?"
Look where Christ my blessèd Savior
Died on Calvary for me!

How much greater! how much greater,
Than the truest human love could be
Is the love of Christ my Savior,
Willing thus to die for one like me.

2 Songs I’ve heard of pure devotion,
Sweet as songs of birds in spring,
Voice the heart’s supreme emotion—
Songs that only love can sing—
But I think of One who loves me,
More than lover, more than friend,
Love that nothing e’er can sever,
That will never, never end. [Refrain]

3 When I was a sinful wand’rer,
All unlovely, all undone,
Even then the Father loved me,
Gave for me His only Son!
Wondrous love! it "passeth knowledge,"
Higher than the highest heav’n,
Jesus crucified and dying,
That my sins might be forgiv’n. [Refrain]

4 Ties of friendship, ties of kindred,
Sacred bands that hold us, here,
Love for faithful ones that love us,
How they all our life endear!
But the love of Christ my Savior,
How it doth my heart enthrall!
For I know He loves me better,
And I love Him best of all. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10549

Author: T. O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent fiver years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have seen a loving mother
Title: How Much Greater is His Love!
Author: T. O. Chisholm
Refrain First Line: How much greater! How much greater
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


The Cyber Hymnal #10549
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