Here Is Love

 But God commendeth his love toward us, 
in that, while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:8 -

For God so loved the world, 
that he gave his only begotten Son, 
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have everlasting life.
- John 3:16 -

Enjoy this beautiful and peaceful song
as you read the precious words to Here Is Love

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
loving kindness as a 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 Heavens eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the flood gates of God's mercy
flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
poured incessant from above;
And Heavens peace and perfect justice 
kissed a guilty world in love.
- William Rees -

The additional two verses that I am going to share
were possibly written by William Williams.

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.

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 power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.
- William Williams -

The Story of  Here is Love
also knows as The Love Song

The original version of the words of the hymn were written by Welsh poet William Rees,
better known in Wales by his bardic name Gwilym Hiraethog. 
William Rees was a farmer’s son from North Wales who was born in 1802
 at a farm called Chwibren Isaf near Llansannan in Denbighshire. 
His father’s family originally came from Wenvoe in South Wales, 
while his mother’s family was descended from one of the very ancient royal families 
of Gwynedd in North Wales, whose genealogy can be traced back as far as the third century.

William worked on the family farm as a shepherd for some years 
before becoming an Independent minister in 1831. 
He was subsequently a very famous minister 
of several Welsh-speaking chapels in Liverpool. 
He wrote the words for the two original Welsh verses
of ‘Dyma gariad fel y moroedd’ some time in the 1870’s. 
He died in Chester in 1883, 
and was buried in Toxteth, Liverpool.

The words sung in English represent a powerful
though fairly loose translation from the Welsh,.
Here is a close, completely literal translation into English by Richard B. Gillion:

Here is love like the seas,
Tender mercies like the flood:
The Prince of Life dying -
Dying to purchase our life for us.
Who can help remembering him?
Who can help declaring his praise?
Here is love not to be forgotten
While glorious heavens shall be.

On Calvary tore
The fountains of the great deep
Broken were all the floodgates of the heavens
Which were secure until then:
Grace and love like a deluge
Pouring down together,
And pure justice with peace
Kissing a guilty world.

There is a version of the hymn in Welsh which includes a third verse, 
which was added to those by William Rees, 
as it seemed to fit both in terms of meaning and metrically. 
However, the third verse seems very rarely to be used today. 
This verse was probably written about a century before Rees penned the first two verses. 
It was originally composed by William Williams, Pantycelyn (1717-1791) 
the great Welsh Calvinistic Methodist hymnwriter and revivalist.
- Hymn History from David Edward Pike -

Herein is love, not that we loved God, 
but that he loved us, 
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, 
we ought also to love one another.

No man hath seen God at any time. 
If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, 
and his love is perfected in us.

Hereby know we that we dwell in him,
and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son 
to be the Saviour of the world.

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, 
God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. 
God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
- 1 John 4:10-16 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, friends!


Summer said...

A beautiful post, Steph☺ Enjoy your Sunday ♥

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I so loved hearing the beautiful hymn, while reading your post, Stephanie. The last paragraph of your post really resonated with me on this beautiful Sunday! Thank you as always, and love and God Bless!

mamasmercantile said...

A beautiful post. It was lovely to listen to Sheila Walsh, she has an amazing voice. Have a great week.

Nina said...

Where would we be without the love of our Lord... such a beautiful post Stephanie!
The song of Sheila is peaceful and deep, and your pumpkins have the most joyful colors!

Lowcarb team member said...

Love the pictures of the pumpkins and appreciate the choice of verse and song.

Enjoy the remainder of Sunday and good wishes for the coming new week.

All the best Jan

Mimi said...

A beautiful restorative post Stephanie my lovely. Thankyou. Love, Mimi xxx

Peabea Scribbles said...

When Jesus said he only added LOVE ONE ANOTHER...so simple, but so complex. How when Love is in the heart is there room for anything else. His love for us is the feeling that he wants to share with everyone and in turn let us know how our loving others can be the most wonderful feeling in all the world.

Beautiful post today Stephanie...:)

Christine said...

Thank you for sharing the history of Here Is Love. I appreciate the background information and history.

Sylvia said...

Beautiful and peaceful song. I truly enjoyed it. Thanks Stephanie for sharing it with us.

Tamago said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie. Love your photos!
I hope you and your family had a good weekend. Have a wonderful new week!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

"Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory"

Those words spoke to my heart today! A beautiful beautiful sharing of an old and dearly loved hymn, sung so amazingly by Sheila... beautiful pictures of fall too that you shared... a joy to come here today and praise the Lord with you :)

hobbyloes said...

So beautiful, that song, I like the hymns very much they are so precious to hear and read.

Annesphamily said...

Very wonderful post. Thank you for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

Stephanie, what a beautiful song. I don't remember hearing it before. Thank you for sharing your love with us!

Lillie said...

It's always a joy to read words from you post. They are always so uplifting and inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

Kerin said...

Sweet post to remind us how much we are loved, and abundantly blessed.
How grateful I am for our Savior's sacrifice!!

Have a sweet day.


Chris Lally said...

Lovely, Stephanie! Sheila Walsh has been blessed with a beautiful voice, and we are continually blessed by your sensitive blog posts.

Sandy said...

For me Stephanie - it is not so much about how much I am loved but how much I can love others.
Your post today was very healing to say the lest.
Sandy xx

Karen said...

I really look forward to the hymns, scriptures and beautiful photos you share, Stephanie. Such an encouragement. Thank you.

Conniecrafter said...

Such a beautiful and peaceful song to start off my morning, such wonderful promise, grace and love flowing down on us, kissing a guilty world, that sounds like where we are today doesn't it.
Love your beautiful fall arrangement shared with these words!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your pictures made my heart sing, dear Stephanie. They are truly one of a kind. :)


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