It Is A Thing Most Wonderful

It is a thing most wonderful

Author: William Walsham How
Tune: HERONGATE
Published in 32 hymnals

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1 It is a thing most wonderful,
almost too wonderful to be,
that God's own Son should come from heav'n,
and die to save a child like me.

2 And yet I know that it is true:
He chose a poor and humble lot,
and wept and toiled and mourned and died
for love of those who loved Him not.

3 I cannot tell how He could love
a child so weak and full of sin;
His love must be most wonderful
if He could die my love to win.

4 I sometimes think about the cross,
and shut my eyes, and try to see
the cruel nails and crown of thorns,
and Jesus crucified for me.

5 But even could I see Him die,
I could but see a little part
of that great love which, like a fire,
is always burning in His heart.

6 It is most wonderful to know
His love for me so free and sure;
but 'tis more wonderful to see
my love for him so faint and poor.

7 And yet I want to love Thee, Lord;
O light the flame within my heart,
and I will love Thee more and more,
until I see Thee as Thou art.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #161

Author: William Walsham How

How, William Walsham, D.D., son of William Wybergh How, Solicitor, Shrewsbury, was born Dec. 13, 1823, at Shrewsbury, and educated at Shrewsbury School and Wadham College, Oxford (B.A. 1845). Taking Holy Orders in 1846, he became successively Curate of St. George's, Kidderminster, 1846; and of Holy Cross, Shrewsbury, 1848. In 1851 he was preferred to the Rectory of Whittington, Diocese of St. Asaph, becoming Rural Dean in 1853, and Hon. Canon of the Cathedral in 1860. In 1879 he was appointed Rector of St. Andrew's Undershaft, London, and was consecrated Suffragan Bishop for East London, under the title of the Bishop of Bedford, and in 1888 Bishop of Wakefield. Bishop How is the author of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Commen… Go to person page >

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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #145

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #364a

Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #364b

Church Family Worship #232

Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #226

Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #109

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #333a

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Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #333b

Complete Mission Praise #346

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #70a

Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #70b

Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #224

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #131a

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #131b

Hymns Old and New: New Anglican #255

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Hymns to the Living God #161

Sing Glory: Hymns, Psalms and Songs for a New Century #557

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The Cyber Hymnal #2843

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The New English Hymnal #84

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