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O How He Loves

Representative Text

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 kind, the next deceive us;
But this friend will never leave 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 We have found a friend in Jesus,
O how he loves!
‘Tis his great delight to bless us,
O how he loves!
How our hearts delight to hear him,
Bid us dwell in safety near him;
Why should we distrust or fear him?
O how he loves!

4 Blessèd Jesus, wouldst thou know him?
O how he loves!
Give thyself this moment to him,
O how he loves!
Best of blessings he’ll provide thee,
Naught but good shall e’er betide thee,
Safe to Glory he will guide thee,
O how he loves!

Source: The Song Book of the Salvation Army #377

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 >

Text Information

First Line: One there is above all others, O how he loves
Title: O How He Loves
Author: Marianne Nunn
Language: English
Refrain First Line: O how he loves
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)

Small Church Music #6032


The Cyber Hymnal #5233


The Song Book of the Salvation Army #377

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