display | more...

Hymn, the words of which were written by Charles Wesley in 1747. The most well-known setting is probably that by John Zundel (1870), known as 'Beecher'. Other tunes include the traditional Welsh 'Moriah'; William P. Rowland's 'Blaenwern'; Stanford's 'Airedale'; the dauntingly-titled 'Hyfrydol' (daunting, that is, unless you happen to be Welsh) by Rowland H. Pritchard; and John Stainer's 1889 setting, titled simply 'Love Divine'. A more modern version was arranged a few years ago for girls' chorus (SSA) by Howard Goodall, perhaps best known for the TV themes to The Vicar of Dibley (Psalm 23) and Red Dwarf. A Google search will yield MIDI versions of any of these.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
joy of heaven, to earth come down;
fix in us thy humble dwelling;
all thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesu, thou art all compassion,
pure, unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation;
enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit
into every troubled breast!
Let us all in thee inherit;
let us find that second rest.
Take away our power of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
end of faith, as its beginning,
set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty, to deliver,
let us all thy life receive;
suddenly return and never,
nevermore thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
serve thee as thy hosts above,
pray and praise thee without ceasing,
glory in thy perfect love.

Finish, then, thy new creation;
pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see thy great salvation
perfectly restored in thee;
changed from glory into glory,
till in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Everything Hymnal

Log in or register to write something here or to contact authors.