What wondrous love is this

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This is a folk hymn by an unknown author, "first published in Lynchburg, Virginia in the c. 1811 camp meeting songbook A General Selection of the Newest and Most Admired Hymns and Spiritual Songs Now in Use. The lyrics may also have been printed, in a slightly different form, in the 1811 book Hymns and Spiritual Songs, Original and Selected published in Lexington, Kentucky. (It was included in the third edition of this text published in 1818, but all copies of the first edition have been lost." Meter is usually represented as 66. 63. 66. 66. 63, but could also be 12 9. 12 12 9 or 12 9. 12 9.

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A General Selection, 1811

1. 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 send this precious peace
To my soul, to my soul!
To send this precious peace
To my soul!

2. 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!

3. Ye winged seraphs fly,
Bear the news, bear the news!
Ye winged seraphs fly,
Bear the news!
Ye winged seraphs fly,
Like comets through the sky,
Fill vast eternity with the news,
With the news!
Fill vast eternity
With the news!

4. Ye friends of Zion's king,
Join his praise, join his praise;
Ye friends of Zion's king,
Join his praise;
Ye friends of Zion's king,
With hearts and voices sing,
And strike each tuneful string
In his praise, in his praise!
And strike each tuneful string
In his praise!

5. 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!

6. And while from death I'm free,
I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
And while from death I'm free,
I'll sing on.
And while 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.

 

Mercer's Cluster, 1823

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Ye winged seraphs fly.
Bear the news, bear the news,
Ye winged seraphs fly,
Bear the news.
Ye winged seraphs fly,
Like comets through the sky.
Fill vast eternity
With the news, with the news,
Fill vast eternity
With the news.

4. 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,
And the great I Am,
While millions join the theme,
I will sing, I will sing,
While millions join the theme,
I will sing.

5. Come friends of Zion's King,
Join the praise, join the praise.
Come friends of Zion's King,
Join the praise:
Come friends of Zion's King,
With hearts, and voices sing.
And strike each tuneful string
In his praise, in his praise;
And strike each tuneful string.
In his praise.

6. Thus while from death we're free,
We'll sing on, we'll sing on,
Thus while from death we're free,
We'll sing on;
Thus while from death we're free,
We'll sing and joyful be.
And through eternity.
We'll sing on, we'll sing on;
And through eternity,
We'll sing on.

7. And when to that bright world
We arise, we arise.
And when to that bright world
We arise;
When to that world we go.
Free from all pain, and woe.
We'll join the happy throng,
And sing on. and sing on.
We'll join the happy throng,
And sing on.

 

Zion Songster, 1850

1. 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 send this precious peace
to my soul, to my soul,
To send this precious peace
to my soul.

2. 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!












3. Ye friends of Zion's King,
join his praise, join his praise.
Ye friends of Zion's King,
join his praise;
Ye friends of Zion's King,
with hearts and voices sing,
And strike each tuneful string
in his praise, in his praise,
And strike each tuneful string
in his praise.

4. 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.

5. 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.

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