Tim Parker

Monday, July 17, 2006

Here is love

William Rees (1802-1883) was a congregationalist minister in Liverpool. Among other things to come from his pen, the following is probably the most well known:

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 heaven's eternal days.

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 heaven's peace and perfect justice
kissed a guilty world in love.

This is usually sung to "Dim Ond Iesu" by Robert Lowry (MP 987)

This is a great hymn, however I can't help but think that it is crying out for a third verse. Here is my offering:

Jesus rose and reigns in heaven,
interceding for his church,
and he sends his Holy Spirit;
bringing sinners to his cross.
Then one day with trumpets sounding,
the Lord Jesus will return,
and we'll praise the lamb forever
when in Christ we're welcomed home!

© Tim Parker 2006


  • Hi Tim,

    I'm also a ministry apprentice! I'm finishing up my second year with MTS in Sydney... and have a vague feeling I've met a few people from your church!

    Anyway, I'm also part of a group writing new music for churches and as well as some contemporary arrangements of old hymns, including that wonderful song "Here Is Love".

    I noticed your comments (excellent new verse by the way! - Did you know there were already two others? Check out cyberhymnal.org) and thought you might be interested in our site www.reason.mu which has a demo mp3 recording of that particular song, piano sheet music and guitar lead sheets (all free). There's also a new version of "Man Of Sorrows", and we'll be adding "Be Thou My Vision" over the next week or two.

    All the music is available at reason.mu/music.php. We also have some training resources for church musicians. Check out the site and feel free to let your music team know about it too if you think they'll find it helpful :)

    Hope it's a blessing to you!


    By Blogger Alex (Reason Music), at September 27, 2006 10:50 am  

  • Hi Alex,

    I'm glad that you like the 3rd verse.

    I did know about cyberhymnal.org but will definataly cheak out www.reason.mu

    By Blogger Tim Parker, at October 23, 2006 11:21 am  

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