The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs


My Song Is Love Unknown

1.  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?

2.  Christ came from heaven's throne
    Salvation to bestow,
    But people scorned and none
    The longed-for Christ would know.
    But O my Friend,
    My Friend indeed,
    Who at my need His life did spend!

3.  Sometimes they strew His way,
    And His sweet praises sing,
    Resounding all the way
    Hosannas to their King.
    Then "Crucify!"
    Is all their breath,
    And for His death 
    They thirst and cry.

4.  They rise, and needs will have
    My dear Lord made away;
    A murderer they save,
    The Prince of life they slay.
    Yet steadfast He
    To suffering goes,
    That He His foes 
    From thence might free.

5.  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.

WORDS: Samuel Crossman, 1664
MUSIC: John Ireland, 1918
Scripture: Acts 3:14-15
Theme: Lent