Lenten Hymn: What Wondrous Love Is This?

March 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

Originating from from Appalachia in the early 1800s, William Walker added this hymn to his musical composition book, The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion – 1835. Starting from a plaintive question, the hymn ends with a resounding conviction in the love of God, a love that stronger than death and one that lives on past the grave. May we all, sing on, sing on.


 

 What Wondrous Love Is This?

Music: From The South­ern Har­mo­ny and Mu­sic­al Com­pan­ion, by Will­iam Walk­er (New York: Hast­ings House, 1835)

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.


§ One Response to Lenten Hymn: What Wondrous Love Is This?

  • Tom Wharton says:

    This has always been one of my favorite hymns, and this is such a beautiful performance of it. I remember when I was a small boy going to church with my grandparents and hearing this hymn. They went to a small country church that mainly served the people who worked in the coal mines nearby. The singing was much different than this. At that church, they liked to sing loud, and most of the time
    the woman who was the leader and sat at the piano, kept everything up tempo.

    Thanks for the post. It brought back a wonderful memory of those faith-filled people and how the power of a hymn transported them and gave them joy in their belief.

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