184. My Song Is Love Unknown

1 My song is love unknown,
my Savior’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown
that they might lovely be.
O who am I,
that for my sake
my Lord should take
frail flesh, and die?

2 He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow,
but all made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know;
but O my friend,
my friend indeed,
who at my need
his life did spend.

3 Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!”
is all their breath,
and for his death
they thirst and cry.

4 Why, what has my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries!
Yet they at these
themselves displease,
and 'gainst him rise.

5 They rise, and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer they save,
the Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful he
to suffering goes,
that he his foes
from thence might free.

6 Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine!
This is my friend,
in whose sweet praise
I all my days
could gladly spend.

Text Information
First Line: My song is love unknown
Title: My Song Is Love Unknown
Author: Samuel Crossman (1624?-1683)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 66 66 44 44
Scripture: Song of Solomon 2:1-17; Lamentations 1:1-6; Matthew 11:2-11; Matthew 21:1-11; Matthew 27:11-54; Mark 11:1-11; Mark 15:1-47; Luke 7:18-35; Luke 23:1-49; Luke 23:32-43; John 12:12-19; John 15:18-25; John 18:1 - 19:42; Romans 5:1-11; Hebrews 12:1-3
Topic: Holy Week (Good Friday)
Tune Information
Name: LOVE UNKNOWN
Composer: John N. Ireland (1879-1962)
Meter: 66 66 44 44
Key: D Major
Copyright: Copyright © The John Ireland Trust



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