Love divine (John Stainer)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-15)  CPDL #61443:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
  • (Posted 2020-11-15)  CPDL #61442:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words
  • (Posted 2007-12-02)  CPDL #15583:              (Sibelius 4) (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-12-02).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Based on the edition from the Cyber Hymnal™

General Information

Tune name: Love divine
Composer: John Stainer

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymnHymn tune   Meter: 87. 87

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: Tune: Love divine, John Stainer, 1889; Original Lyrics: Charles Wesley, Hymns for Those that Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ, 1747; Alt. Lyrics: R. Michael Cullinan, 1996.
    2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 131
Description: "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" is a Christian hymn by Charles Wesley. It first appeared in Wesley's Hymns for those that seek, and those that have Redemption (1747) and is said to have been inspired by the song "The Song of Venus" from John Dryden's play King Arthur. The hymn suggests that one can be completely cleansed of sin in this life, an idea many, including Wesley's brother John, found troublesome and prompted them to alter verses in the hymn; thus the second verse below is omitted in Hymns and Psalms.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Love divine, all loves excelling.

Alternative Lyrics:

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Holy Father, God almighty,
Holy Jesus, God adored,
Holy Spirit, God of comfort,
Holy, holy, holy Lord!
All our praises rise before You,
God who made all that exists.
As You did with ancient offerings,
Send Your Spirit on our gifts.

You gave us Your body, Jesus,
On the night You were betrayed—
Bread of heaven, earthly feasting—
Sacrifice for sins now paid.
And You gave Your blood to nourish
Body, spirit and the soul—
Cup of blessing that did heal us—
Liquid that did make us whole.


We recall Your incarnation!
We recall Your earthly life!
We recall Your crucifixion
Full of agony and strife!
We recall Your resurrection
From the grave though sealed with stone!
This Your victory over death, Lord,
Gives us promise for our own.

And recalling Your ascension,
We entreat You and implore
That You soon return and take us
To be with You evermore!
Send Your Spirit to be with us
As we pilgrim through this life.
Keep your church and all our loved ones
From all evil and all strife.


With the saints and with the angels
We are longing, Lord, to be,
Where with praise and adoration,
Our Redeemer we shall see.
Through and with and in Christ Jesus,
In the Spirit’s unity,
Be all honor to the Father
Now and through eternity!

Lyrics: HOLY FATHER, GOD ALMIGHTY © 1996 Robert Cullinan The copyright holder grants permission to reproduce these lyrics, as long as this notice remains with each copy.