God is love.@1 John 4:16
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John Bowring (1792-1872)
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John Bowring, Hymns (London: Rowland Hunter, 1825), number 25.

Sussex English melody, adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, in The English Hymnal (London: Oxford University Press, 1906), number 239 (πŸ”Š pdf nwc).

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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

God is love! His mercy brightens
All the path in which we rove;
Bliss He wakes, and woe He lightens:
God is wisdom! God is love!

Chance and change are busy ever;
Man decays and ages move;
But His mercy waneth never:
God is wisdom! God is love!

E’en the hour that darkest seemeth
Will His changeless goodness prove;
From the mist His brightness streameth:
God is wisdom! God is love!

He with earthly cares entwineth
Hope and comfort from above;
Everywhere His glory shineth:
God is wisdom! God is love!