Scripture Verse

God is love. 1 John 4:16


John S. B. Monsell (1811–1875)

Words: John S. B. Mon­sell, Spi­ri­tu­al Songs 1856. The first line was orig­in­al­ly God is love, the an­them ol­den. Mon­sell re­vised it to up­hol­den dur­ing his last ill­ness.

Music: Co­ro­nae Will­iam H. Monk, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

William H. Monk (1823–1889)


God is love, by Him upholden,
Hang the glo­ri­ous orbs of light,
In their language, glad and golden,
Speaking to us day and night
Their great story,
God is love, and God is light.

Through that precious love He sought us
Wandering from His holy ways;
With that precious life He bought us;
Then let all our future days
Tell this story,
Love is life, our lives be praise.

Gladsome is the theme and glo­ri­ous,
Praise to Christ our gracious Head;
Christ, the ris­en Christ, vic­to­ri­ous,
Earth and hell hath captive led.
Welcome story!
Love lives on, and death is dead.

Up to Him let each affection
Daily rise and round Him move,
Our whole lives one resurrection
To the life of life above;
Their glad story,
God is life, and God is love.