Alternate Title: Dyma gariad fel y moroedd
Lyrics: William Rees, translated from Welsh to English by William Williams, 1900.
Music: Robert Lowry.
Theme: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
I John 3:1
Shirley: ‘Here Is Love’ is the love song which came out of the Welsh Revival in 1904. The tune itself with the words stirs my heart like no other hymn.
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
Let us all His love accepting
Love Him ever all our days
Let us seek His Kingdom only
And our lives be to His praise
He alone shall be our glory
Nothing in the world we see
He has cleansed and sanctified us
He Himself has set us free
In His truth He does direct me
By His Spirit through His Word
And His grace my need is meeting
As I trust in Him, my Lord
All His fullness He is pouring
In His love and power in me
Full and boundless
As I yield myself to Thee.
I like the old Welsh version above, but if you want here’s an updated version from Steve and VIcki Cook at Sovreign Grace Ministries. You can also listen to Matt Redman sing his souped-up rendition here.
Odd, how things serendipitously coincide. I had never heard of this hymn. However, on Saturday we had a sort of hymn sing/mime worship time at my church, and one of the songs we sang was Here Is Love Vast As the Ocean.