209. 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 heaven’s throne
salvation to bestow;
the world that was his own
would not its Savior know.
But O my Friend,
my Friend indeed,
who at my need
his life did spend!

3 Sometimes we strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to our King.
Then "Crucify!"
is all our breath,
and for his death
we thirst and cry.

4 Unheeding, we will have
our dear Lord made away,
a murderer to save,
the prince of life to slay.
Yet steadfast he
to suffering goes,
that he his foes
from thence might free.

5 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 (1664, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.6.6.6.4.4.4.4
Scripture: Lamentations 1:12; Matthew 21:9; Luke 23:18-25; John 3:14-21; Acts 3:14-15; Hebrews 5:1-10
Topic: Christian Year: Palm Sunday; Christian Year: Maundy Thursday; Christian Year: Good Friday4 more...
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: LOVE UNKNOWN
Composer: John Ireland (1918)
Meter: 6.6.6.6.4.4.4.4
Key: D Major
Copyright: © 1924 Trustees of the John Ireland Charitable Trust


Text Information:

The opening line here could equally well have been a courtier’s lament for a secret affair, but it soon becomes a path into a vivid and poignant reflection on Christ’s Passion. This 17th-century text is beautifully embraced by its sensitive and lyrical 20th-century tune.


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