I hear the words of love

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1 I hear the words of love,
I gaze upon the blood,
I see the mighty sacrifice,
And I have peace with God.

2 'Tis everlasting peace!
Sure as Jehovah’s name,
'Tis stable as his steadfast throne,
For evermore the same.

3 The clouds may go and come,
And storms may sweep my sky,
This blood-sealed friendship changes not,
The cross is ever nigh.

4 My love is oftimes low,
My joy still ebbs and flows,
But peace with him remains the same,
No change Jehovah knows.

5 That which can shake the cross
May shake the peace it gave,
Which tells me Christ has never died,
Or never left the grave!

6 Till then my peace is sure,
It will not, cannot yield,
Jesus, I know, has died and lives,—
On this firm rock I build.

7 I change, he changes not,
The Christ can never die;
His love, not mine, the resting-place,
His truth, not mine, the tie.

8 The Cross still stands unchanged,
Though heaven is now his home,
The mighty stone is rolled away,
But yonder is his tomb!

9 And yonder is my peace,
The grave of all my woes!
I know the Son of God has come,
I know he died and rose.

8 I know he liveth now,
At God’s right hand above,
I know the throne on which he sits,
I know his truth and love!

Source: Hymns of Faith and Hope (2nd series) #155

Author: Horatius Bonar

Horatius Bonar was born at Edinburgh, in 1808. His education was obtained at the High School, and the University of his native city. He was ordained to the ministry, in 1837, and since then has been pastor at Kelso. In 1843, he joined the Free Church of Scotland. His reputation as a religious writer was first gained on the publication of the "Kelso Tracts," of which he was the author. He has also written many other prose works, some of which have had a very large circulation. Nor is he less favorably known as a religious poet and hymn-writer. The three series of "Hymns of Faith and Hope," have passed through several editions. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

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First Line: I hear the words of love
Author: Horatius Bonar


I hear the words of love. H. Bonar. [Good Friday—Holy Communion.] Appended in the 2nd series of his Hymns of Faith & Hope, 1861, in 10 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed, "He died and lives." Two centos from this hymn are in common use, both beginning with stanza i. The first, suitable for Passiontide, is in Nicholson's Appendix Hymnal, 1866; and the second, for Holy Communion, in Laudes Domini, N. Y., 1884.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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