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O Love Divine, What Hast Thou Done

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1. O Love divine, what has thou done!
The immortal God hath died for me!
The Father's coeternal Son
bore all my sins upon the tree.
The immortal God hath died for me!
My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

2. Is crucified for me and you,
to bring us rebels back to God.
Believe, believe the record true,
ye all are bought with Jesus' blood.
Pardon for all flows from his side:
My Lord, my Love, is crucified!

3. Behold him, all ye that pass by,
the bleeding Prince of life and peace!
Come, sinners, see your Savior die,
and say, "Was ever grief like his?"
Come, feel with me his blood applied:
My Lord, my Love, is crucified!



Source: The United Methodist Hymnal #287

Author: Charles Wesley

Charles Wesley, M.A. was the great hymn-writer of the Wesley family, perhaps, taking quantity and quality into consideration, the great hymn-writer of all ages. Charles Wesley was the youngest son and 18th child of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, and was born at Epworth Rectory, Dec. 18, 1707. In 1716 he went to Westminster School, being provided with a home and board by his elder brother Samuel, then usher at the school, until 1721, when he was elected King's Scholar, and as such received his board and education free. In 1726 Charles Wesley was elected to a Westminster studentship at Christ Church, Oxford, where he took his degree in 1729, and became a college tutor. In the early part of the same year his religious impressions were much deepene… Go to person page >

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O Love divine, what hast Thou done? C. Wesley. [Passiontide.] First published in Hymns & Sacred Poems, 1742, in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, as the last of three hymns on "Desiring to Love" (Poetical Works, 1868-72, vol. ii., p. 74). It came into use in the Church of England through Toplady's Psalms & Hymns, 1776, No. 25, and with the Methodist Societies and other nonconformists through the Wesleyan Hymn Book, 1780, No. 27. The historical account of its beautiful refrain, "My Lord, my Love is crucified," is given under "My Lord, my Love was crucified" (p. 781, ii.).

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

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SELENA


STELLA (English)

First published in Henri Frederick Hemy's Easy Hymn Tunes for Catholic Schools (1851), STELLA was a folk tune from northern England that Hemy heard sung by children in Stella, a village near Newcastle-upon-Tyme. In modified bar form (AA'B), the tune has an interesting rhythmic structure. Antiphonal…

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