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The Love of God

The love of God is greater far

Author: Frederick M. Lehman (1917)
Tune: LOVE OF GOD
Published in 57 hymnals

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1 The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

2 When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song. [Refrain]

3 Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky. [Refrain]

Author: Frederick M. Lehman

Frederick Martin Lehman, 1868-1953 Born: August 7, 1868, Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany. Died: February 20, 1953, Pasadena, California. Buried: Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. Lehman emigrated to America with his family at age four, settling in Iowa, where he lived most of childhood. He came to Christ at age 11, as he relates: One glad morning about eleven o’clock while walking up the country lane, skirted by a wild crab-apple grove on the right and an osage fence, with an old white-elm gate in a gap at the left, suddenly Heaven let a cornucopia of glory descend on the eleven-year old lad. The wild crab-apple grove assumed a heavenly glow and the osage fence an unearthly lustre. That old white-elm gate with… Go to person page >

Notes

The first two stanzas are Lehman's own work. The third, by his own account, he added based on lines "found written by a demented man on the wall of his narrow room in the asylum where he died"; those words are a translation of an Aramaic poem, "Haddamut", written ca. 1050 by Rabbi Meir of Worms, Germany. They hearken back to the 31st Sura of the Qur'an, where one reads

If all the trees on earth were pens,
and the ocean were ink,
replenished by seven more oceans,
the writing of God's wonderful signs and creations
would not be exhausted;
surely God is All-Mighty, All-Wise.

--based on The Hymn, vol. 64, no. 3, p. 42, in an article on Mennonite hymnody by Ken Nafziger, Professor of Music at Eastern Mennonite University

Timeline

Media

The Cyber Hymnal #3989
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Instances

Instances (1 - 16 of 16)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #201
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #111
Hymns of Faith #286TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #290Page Scan
Rejoice Hymns #108
Sing Joyfully #305TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #162Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #188
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #157Text
The Cyber Hymnal #3989TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #67
The New National Baptist Hymnal #226
Timeless Truths #987TextAudio
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #151
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #41Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #86
Include 41 pre-1979 instances



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