O Christ, O Love divine

O Christ, O Love divine

Author: James Relly
Published in 5 hymnals

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1 O Christ! O Love divine!
How wonderful art thou!
What heavenly Beauties in thee shine!
What Mercies from thee flow!

2 Lo! thou art all we need,
To make us truly blest;
Thy Worshippers are all agreed,
Thou art the Sinner's Rest.

3 When blows the stormy Wind,
The Rage of Man or Hell,
A Hiding-Place in thee we find,
shelter'd in Peace we dwell.

4 When Satan, Sin, and Law,
Do fiercely all unite;
Most fearfully on us to draw
A dark, tempestuous Night.

5 When Thunders roar aloud
Thro' the distermper'd Sky;
Like Lightnings from the sulph'rous cloud,
When dreadful Curses fly.

6 Despairing, guilty Fears,
In fiery Tempests roll,
And when the second Death appears
To fright the trembling soul.

7 By Faith in thee, made bold,
We smile when Tempests fall;
Thou art the Man, promis'd of old,
To cover us from all.

Source: Christian Hymns, Poems, and Spiritual Songs: sacred to the praise of God our Saviour #I.LXIV

Author: James Relly

James Relly was born about 1722 at Jeffreston, Pembrokeshire, Wales, and died in 1778. He was converted to Christianity during the Great Awakening ushered in by George Whitefield. He worked under George Whitefield as a Calvinistic Methodist preacher and missionary. However, Whitefield and Relly separated ways over Relly's seemingly universalist teaching that all humanity was elect (i.e. saved) when Christ took the punishment for all sin when he died. He also departed from both the Calvinists and Methodists by taking the doctrine of Justification further, in teaching that believers no longer sin and the Law's sole purpose is to condemn humanity and point them to Christ. He was the mentor of John Murray, the founder of the Universalist Ch… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Christ, O Love divine
Author: James Relly
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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