I have loved thee with an everlasting love.@Jeremiah 31:3
Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Charles Wesley, in his tract Hymns on God’s Everlasting Love, 1741. The original had 27 verses.

Hamburg Lowell Mason, 1824 (🔊 pdf nwc). First appeared in The Boston Handel and Haydn Society Collection of Church Music, third edition, 1825.

John Johnson, of Gunnerside, Reeth, was brought to God under a sermon preached by Richard Buxton, a local preacher. Immediately he began to seek the souls of others, and became in turn a leader and local preacher, and was made a blessing to many. On the death of his death he had preached at Gayle, and, at tea with a friend at Hawes, spoke of being as happy as he could be. In the evening he opened the service at Hawes, and gave out the 39th Hymn, the last two lines being—

Lift up the standard of Thy cross,
And all shall own Thou died’st for all.

He commenced to pray, and had uttered a sentence of adoration, when he fell in the pulpit; his spirit went straight to the paradise of God, 30th November, 1861, aged forty-five.

Stevenson, pp. 50–51

Lowell Mason (1792–1872)

Father, whose everlasting love
Thy only Son for sinners gave,
Whose grace to all did freely move,
And sent Him down the world to save;

Help us Thy mercy to extol,
Immense, unfathomed, unconfined;
To praise the Lamb who died for all,
The general Savior of mankind.

Thy undistinguishing regard
Was cast on Adam’s fallen race;
For all Thou hast in Christ prepared
Sufficient, sovereign, saving grace.

The world He suffered to redeem;
For all He hath the atonement made;
For those that will not come to Him
The ransom of His life was paid.

Why then, Thou universal Love,
Should any of Thy grace despair?
To all, to all, Thy bowels move,
But straitened in our own we are.

Arise, O God, maintain Thy cause!
The fullness of the Gentiles call;
Lift up the standard of Thy cross,
And all shall own Thou diedst for all.