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One there is above all others, O how he loves

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1 One there is above all others,
O how He loves!
His is love beyond a brother's,
O how He loves!
Earthly friends may fail or leave us,
One day soothe, the next day grieve us;
But this Friend will ne'er deceive us,
O how He loves!

2 'Tis eternal life to know Him,
O how He loves!
Think, O think how much we owe Him,
O how He loves!
With His precious blood He bought us,
In the wilderness He sought us,
To His fold He safely brought us,
O how He loves!

3 Blessed Jesus! would you know Him,
O how He loves!
Give yourselves entirely to Him,
O how He loves!
Leave the past for bright tomorrow,
From His word now courage borrow,
Jesus carries all your sorrow,
O how He loves!

4 Thro' His name we are forgiven,
O how He loves!
Backward shall our foes be driven,
O how He loves!
Best of blessings He'll provide us,
Naught but good shall e'er betide us,
Safe to glory He will guide us,
O how He loves!

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #238

Author: Marianne Nunn

Nunn, Marianne, was born May 17, 1778, and died unmarried, in 1847. She published The Benevolent Merchant, and wrote a few hymns, including the following:— One there is above all others, O how He loves. [The love of Jesus.] This was written to adapt John Newton's hymn “One there is above all others, Well deserves the name of friend," to the Welsh air, Ar hy-d y nos, and consisted of one stanza of 5 lines, with the refrain "Oh how He loves!" at the end of lines 1, 2 and 5, and the remaining 3 stanzas in 5 lines without the refrain, it being understood that the refrain was to be repeated. (Original text in Lyra Britanica, 1867, p. 449.) It was first published in her brother's, the Rev. John Munn's Psalms & Hymns, 1817. It has undergone… Go to person page >

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First Line: One there is above all others, O how he loves
Author: Marianne Nunn


One there is above all others, O how He loves. Marianne Nunn. [Jesus the Friend.] The first stanza of this hymn is:—

"One there is above all others:—
0 how He loves!
His is love beyond a brother's;
0 how He loves !
Earthly friends may fail and leave us,
This day kind, the next bereave us;
But this friend will ne'er deceive us,
0 how He loves!"

This hymn appeared in her brother's (J. Nunn's) Psalms & Hymns , 1817, in 4 stanzas, and was intended as an adaptation of J. Newton's hymn as below, to the Welsh air “Ar hyd y nos." From Nunn's Psalms & Hymns. it has passed into numerous collections, and sometimes as "One is kind above all others." Original text in Lyra Britannica, 1867, p. 449.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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