O Love of God
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O Love of God, how strong and true,
eternal and yet ever new,
uncomprehended and unbought,
beyond all knowledge and all thought;
O heav'nly Love, how precious still,
in days of weariness and ill,
in nights of pain and helplessness,
to heal, to comfort, and to bless;
O wide-embracing, wondrous Love!
We read you in the sky above.
We read you in the earth below,
in seas that swell and streams that flow.
We read you best in him who came t
o bear for us the cross of shame,
sent from the Fount of love on high,
our life to live, our death to die.
We read your pow'r to bless and save
e'en in the darkness of the grave.
Still more in resurrection light,
we read the fullness of your might.
O Love of God, our shield and stay
through all the perils of our way,
eternal Love, in you we rest,
forever safe, forever blessed.
Words: Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope, 1861, alt.
Tune: William Beastall, New York Selection of Sacred
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