Monday, April 02, 2007

"My Song Is Love Unknown"

"My Song Is Love Unknown" is a wonderful hymn with a rich text that points me to the Savior's sacrifice. May it encourage you to consider what great love Christ displayed at the cross:

My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
That they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
The longed for Christ would know:
But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend.

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King:
Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,
And for His death they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
He gave the blind their sight,
Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.

They rise and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they saved,
The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might free.

In life, no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;
In death no friendly tomb
But what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was His home;
But mine the tomb wherein He lay.

Here might I stay and sing,
No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.
This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.

Click here to view this text at the Cyber Hymnal website with MIDI accompaniment. I'm more familiar with the tune LOVE UNKNOWN, which is the tune I recommend. To hear it, click on the word MIDI in parentheses by that tune title.

I also encourage you to visit and click here to listen to a beautiful setting of this same text.

Let us consider Christ and His suffering this week.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The "St. John" or "Calkin" tune is a wonderful setting for these lyrics, also. Susan Beisner has a lovely piano rendition in "Listen While We Sing".

Here is that version on YouTube: