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 >
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)
Display Title: I hear the words of loveFirst Line: I hear the words of loveTune Title: SOUTHWELL (DAMON)Author: H. Bonar (1808-1889)Meter: 6 6 8 6 (SM)Date: 1987Subject: God's Church | Faith and Trust; Pentecost 17 | The Proof of Faith; Pentecost 19 | The Life of Faith