Thursday, June 9, 2011

Hymn of the Month -- Love Divine, All Love Excelling

I wanted to share this hymn for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, Love Divine, All Love Excelling, written by Charles Wesley, is a wonderful invitation to the Lord to dwell with us, work in our lives, and prepare us to live in His presence in Heaven.  You'll find the lyrics at the end of the post.

But I also wanted to introduce you to this amazing resource, the Library of Congress' National Jukebox.  It is just one of the many services of the Library of Congress, which houses more than 147 million items on 838 miles of shelves!  The National Jukebox has over 10,000 historical sound recordings, all made between 1901 and 1925.

This particular recording features the voices of Lucy Isabelle Marsh and Harry Mcdonough, and was recorded over 100 years ago!  Click here to hear the hymn, Love Divine, All Love Excelling.

Hymn Lyrics
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of Heav'n to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our heart at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return, and never,
Nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heav'n we take our place,
Till wee cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.
(Copyright: Public Domain)

1 comment:

Deanne and Bill Lessley said...

Wow! I didn't know about this wonderful resource! Thanks for all your enlightenment, Ginger.