O Love of God
Composer David Ashley White
Text Horatius Bonar
Voicing Unison choir and violin
Topics Creation, Easter, Love (God's)
Length 2' 35" Price $1.50 (U.S.) Released 7/04
Catalog no. 410-633 Difficulty Moderately easy
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A sensitive setting of the early American tune PROSPECT for unison choir (or soloist) accompanied only by a solo violin. The well-known text is by the 19th-century hymnwriter Horatius Bonar, and the lovely accompaniment is well within the reach of high-school-age violinists.
O Love of God, how strong and true,
eternal and yet ever new;
uncomprehended and unbought,
beyond all knowledge and all thought.
O wide-embracing, wondrous Love,
we read thee in the sky above;
we read thee in the earth below,
in seas that swell and streams that flow.
We read thy power to bless and save
e'en in the darkness of the grave;
still more in resurrection light
we read the fullness of thy might.