A Time for Hymns…

March 31, 2009

For the next week and a half, leading up to Easter, I am going to be posting a good passiontide hymn per day.  I hope that people read the hymns, like them, find them and then learn them.  These are rich words indeed and, for the most part, have very accessible and beautiful tunes.

The hymn for today – one of my personal favourites:

What Wondrous Love is This

1. What wondrous love is this,
O my soul! O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this
That caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse,
For my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse, for my soul.

2. When I was sinking down,
Sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down;
When I was sinking down,
Beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside his crown,
For my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside his crown, for my soul.

3. To God, and to the Lamb,
I will sing, I will sing,
To God, and to the Lamb, I will sing;
To God, and to the Lamb,
Unto the great I AM,
While millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

4. And when from death we’re free,
We’ll sing on, we’ll sing on,
And when from death we’re free, we’ll sing on;
And when from death we’re free,
We’ll sing, and joyful be,
And through eternity
We’ll sing on, we’ll sing on,
And through eternity we’ll sing on.

There are some alternate verses – they are not in common use and I haven’t included them here – but they are worth finding.  The most common hymn tune is right here, though I think that this version is about 24 bpm too slow.  There is also a men’s ensemble singing this hymn here (on youtube).  Once I heard it, I had to link it…it made me laugh but, actually, it’s pretty good.  Use this hymn in a public setting or in your private devtions at some point this week!

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