Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite loveAuthor: Nicolaus Ludwig, Graf von Zinzendorf; Translator: John Gambold
Published in 5 hymnals
Du ewiger Abgrund der seligen Liebe. N. L. von Zinzendorf. [The Love of God.] Written for the birthday, Sept. 21, 1726, of his friend Count Henkel of Oderberg. Appeared as No. 7 in the "Andere Zugabe," c. 1730, to his 1725-8 Sammlung geist- und lieblicher Lieder (3rd ed. 1731, No. 19), in 8 stanzas of 10 lines, entitled “Ein Erweckungs Lied an Fest-Tagen," and repeated in the Herrnhut Gesang-Buch, 1735, No. 11; in the Brüder Gesang-Buch, 1778, No. 36, in 3 stanzas; also in Knapp's ed. of Zinzendorf ‘s Geistliche Lieder , 1845, p. 72; and in his own Evangelischer Lieder-Schatz 1850, No. 1136. Translated as:—
1. Eternal depth of Love Divine, a free translation of stanzas 1, 2, 4, 7, by J. Wesley in Hymns & Sacred Poems , 1739 (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. i. p. 173). It was not included in the Wesleyan Hymn Book. till in the Supplement of 1830, No. 586, omitting Wesley's stanza iii., lines 5-8, and iv., lines 1-4. This form is in the new edition 1875, No. 655, and in the Wesley Association and New Connexion Collections. With the omission of the last 8 lines it is No. 94 in the American Methodist EpiscopalHymns, 1849. These omitted lines are given as No. 730: "O King of Glory, Thy rich grace," in the same collection.
2. Thou deep abyss of blessed Love, a free translation of stanzas 1, 4, 8, by Mrs. Charles in her Voice of Christian Life in Song , 1858, p. 243, and thence in Holy Song, 1869, No. 298.
Another translation is:—
"Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love," by J. Gambold. The translation of stanza 1 appears as No. 238 in the Appendix of 1743 to the Moravian Hymn Book 1742, and the full form as No. 392 in pt, ii., 1746 (1886, No. 24). Of this 3 stanzas beginning "0 bottomless depths" appear in the Schaff-Gilman Library of Religious Poetry , ed. 1883. [Rev. James Mearns, M.A.]
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 5 of 5)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. (New and Rev. ed.) #23||Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love||1819|
|A Collection of Hymns for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. Rev. ed. #d925||Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love||John Gambold; Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf||1813|
|A Collection of Hymns, for the Use of the Protestant Church of the United Brethren. New and Revised ed. #24||Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love||1832|
|Offices of Worship and Hymns: with tunes, 3rd ed., revised and enlarged #1092||Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love||Zinzendorf, 1700-60||1891|
|The Liturgy and the Office of Worship and Hymns of the American Province of the Unitas Fratrum, or the Moravian Church #1092||Ye bottomless depths of God's infinite love||Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf||1908|