Immortal Love, for ever full

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1 Immortal Love for ever full,
for ever flowing free,
for ever shared, for ever whole,
a never-ebbing sea.

2 Our outward lips confess the name
all other names above;
love only knoweth whence it came
and comprehendeth love.

3 We may not climb the heavenly steeps
to bring the Lord Christ down;
in vain we search the lowest deeps,
for him no depths can drown:

4 But warm, sweet, tender, even yet
a present help is he;
and faith has still its Olivet,
and love its Galilee.

5 The healing of his seamless dress
is by our beds of pain;
we touch him in life's throng and press,
and we are whole again.

6 Through him the first fond prayers are said
our lips of childhood frame;
the last low whispers of our dead
are burdened with his name.

7 Alone, O Love ineffable,
thy saving name is given;
to turn aside from thee is hell,
to walk with thee is heaven.

Source: Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #675

Author: John Greenleaf Whittier

Whittier, John Greenleaf, the American Quaker poet, was born at Haverhill, Massachusetts, Dec. 17, 1807. He began life as a farm-boy and shoemaker, and subsequently became a successful journalist, editor and poet. In 1828 he became editor of the American Manufacturer (Boston), in 1830 of the New England Review, and an 1836 (on becoming Secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society) of the Pennsylvania Freeman. He was also for some time, beginning with 1847, the corresponding editor of the National Era. In 1840 he removed to Amesbury, Massachusetts, where most of his later works have been written. At the present time [1890] he lives alternately at Amesbury and Boston. His first poetical piece was printed in the Newburyport Free Press in 182… Go to person page >

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #480
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  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
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The Cyber Hymnal #2936
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #675

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #350

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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #480

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #211

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Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #475

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #315

Complete Mission Praise #328

Hymnal: A Worship Book #629

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #133

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #105

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #243

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Rejoice in the Lord #254

Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #455

Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #176

Singing the Living Tradition #10

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The Cyber Hymnal #2936

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The New Century Hymnal #166

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The New English Hymnal #378

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The Worshiping Church #607

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Worship in Song: A Friends Hymnal #122

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