Sunday, September 9, 2018

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean

   Here is Love Vast as the Ocean
This moving hymn came out of the Welsh Revivals 
The video only has verses 2-1 

Welsh Title: Dy­ma gar­iad fel y mor­oedd
Music: Robert Lowry (1876)
 Lyrics translated by William Edwards (1900-Wales)
William Rees (1802-1883)verses 1-2
Rees was an Independent Welsh minister who was brought up a Calvinist Methodist.  He had little formal education and educated himself.   He became a prolific writer, editor, and political leader who advocated against slavery in the US.   
William Williams (1717-1791)—attributed to verses 3-4
“Called the "Watts of Wales," [Williams] was born in 1717, at Cefn-y-coed, near Llandovery, Carmarthenshire. He originally studied medicine, but abandoned it for theology. He was ordained Deacon in the Church of England, but was refused Priest's Orders, and subsequently attached himself to the Calvinistic Methodists. For half a century he travelled in Wales, preaching the Gospel.

1.      Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Loving-kindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout heav’n’s eternal days.
2.      On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.
3.      Let me, all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only,
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see;
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

4.     In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and pow’r on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.

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