Scripture Verse

I have loved thee with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3


Charles Wesley

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

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

Alternate Tune:

  • Beethoven, ar­ran­ger un­known, be­fore 1895 (🔊 pdf nwc)
Lowell Mason


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 day 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


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.