Scripture Verse

God is love.@1 John 4:16

Introduction

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John Bowring
(1792–1872)
© National Portrait Gallery

Words: John Bow­ring, Hymns (Lon­don: Row­land Hunt­er, 1825), num­ber 25.

Music: Sus­sex Eng­lish tune, adapt­ed by Ralph Vaugh­an Will­iams in The Eng­lish Hym­nal (Lon­don: Ox­ford Un­i­ver­si­ty Press, 1906), num­ber 239 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tunes:

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Ralph Vaughan Williams
(1872–1958)

Lyrics

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!