Sunday, 19 June 2011

It's one of those afternoons ...

... when only a little English choral music can soothe the nerves all frayed by the English summer.




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?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men 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.

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.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they saved,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might free.

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.

1 comment:

JARay said...

A beautiful hymn, beautifully sung. Those C of E folks can certainly teach us Catholics such a great deal in hymnody. Thanks for this lovely post Ches! I cannot understand anyone clicking "Yawn" after experiencing this, but such do exist!