Greater love hath no man (John Ireland)

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  • (Posted 2002-10-13)  CPDL #04080:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2002-10-13).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 172 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: revised 11/27/02
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: measure 25: Alto and Bass should have "A", not "C-natural" (dotted half note tied); measure 26: Alto and Bass should have "A" (tied from previous measure) (half note), followed by "A" not "D" (quarter note). measure 27: Alto and Bass should have "G#" not "B" (half note). Measures 29, 30, 31: Alto and Bass should have "G#"s throughout (same rhythm as in score). Measure 139: Organ, left hand -- add "F#" (whole note) a third below the printed "A".

General Information

Title: Greater Love Hath No Man
Composer: John Ireland
Source of text: Canticles 8, St John 15, I Peter 2, I Corinthians 6; Romans 12

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1912 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness.
Ye are washed, ye are sanctified,
ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation;
that ye should show forth the praises of him
who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
I beseech you brethren, by the mercies of God,
that you present your bodies, a living sacrifice,
holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Chinese.png Chinese translation