Scripture Verse

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16


William W. Gilchrist

Words: Frank Sew­all (1837–1915).

Music: Will­iam W. Gil­christ, from his can­ta­ta Eas­ter Id­yll, 1907 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when this hymn was writ­ten,

Frank Sewall


O wonder amazing! At earth’s midnight hour
The ages are gazing in awe at its power;
The great secret telling, how anguish is stilled,
The evil dispelling: The Word is fulfilled.

O hearts that have carried your sorrows untold,
The Helper that tarried come here and behold!
What prophets have spoken the trial ensures,
By tortures unbroken ’tis love that endures.

O love, ceasing never, from thee what can part?
What height or depth sever from thy bleeding heart?
Now opens the portal, O blest Jesu mine!
Of mansions immortal, of mercy divine.