Wondrous Love

by chuckofish

This morning I’m off to attend a memorial service and I thought it fitting to blog about one of my favorite hymns, “Wondrous Love”. It’s what is known as a “traditional tune”, first published in Virginia in 1811, the product of (according to Wikipedia) the second “Great Awakening”.  Here are the lyrics:

What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul, for my soul,
To bear the dreadful curse for my soul.

When I was sinking down, sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down, sinking down,
When I was sinking down beneath God’s righteous frown,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul, for my soul,
Christ laid aside His crown for my soul.

To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing;
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb Who is the great “I Am”;
While millions join the theme, I will sing, I will sing;
While millions join the theme, I will sing.

And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing on.
And when from death I’m free, I’ll sing and joyful be;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on, I’ll sing on;
And through eternity, I’ll sing on.

I’ve loved it since the first time I heard it on a tape my brother made for me of Appalachian shape note singing (or something similar — it was all A Capella). It’s been covered a million times and even by popular Christian bands, but personally I like it spare — here’s a good version

You can play this at my memorial service when the time comes. What hymns do you want?