Rich Prose

April is National Poetry Month. Every month, in honor of this celebration, I post a poem on my blog every year in April.

This year, I have chosen to share with you the lyrics from a hymn that contains rich prose. After all, every author should strive for excellent prose.

This hymn, The Love of God, has its roots in a long Jewish poem titled Haddamut, which was written in Aramaic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Nehorai, a cantor in Worms, Germany. It has since been translated into at least 18 languages. The words from part of the poem were put into hymn form by Frederick M. Lehman in 1917.

The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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4 thoughts on “Rich Prose

  1. This song was performed numerous times over the years by George Beverly Shea, the infamous singer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Crusades. Bev died last Tuesday, 16 April 2013, at the great age of 104. God rest and bless his soul.

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  2. Absolutely one of the best hymns. This, like most quality hymns, paints a picture in your mind that you can’t quite get your hands on and leaves the listener with a desire to know God more than they do today.

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