The Love of God

Words: Fred­er­ick M. Leh­man; he wrote this song in 1917 in Pas­a­de­na, Cal­i­fornia, and it was pub­lished in Songs That Are Dif­fer­ent, Vol­ume 2, 1919. The lyr­ics are based on the Jew­ish poem Had­da­mut, writ­ten in Ara­ma­ic in 1050 by Meir Ben Isaac Ne­hor­ai, a can­tor in Worms, Ger­ma­ny; they have been trans­lat­ed in­to at least 18 lang­uages.

One day, dur­ing short in­ter­vals of in­at­ten­tion to our work, we picked up a scrap of pa­per and, seat­ed up­on an emp­ty le­mon box pushed against the wall, with a stub pen­cil, add­ed the (first) two stan­zas and chor­us of the song…Since the lines (3rd stan­za from the Jew­ish po­em) had been found pen­ciled on the wall of a pa­tient’s room in an in­sane asy­lum af­ter he had been car­ried to his grave, the gen­er­al opin­ion was that this in­mate had writ­ten the epic in mo­ments of san­ity.
Frederick M. Lehman, “History of the Song, The Love of God,” 1948

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The Love of God

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Reff:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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Agunglah Kasih Allahku

Agunglah kasih Allahku, tiada yang setaranya;
Neraka dapat direngkuh, kartikapun tergapailah.
Kar’na kasihNya agunglah, Sang Putra menjelma,
Dia mencari yang sesat dan diampuniNya.

Reff:
O kasih Allah agunglah! Tiada bandingnya!
Kekal teguh dan mulia! Dijunjung umatNya

Pabila zaman berhenti dan tahta dunia pun lebur,
meskipun orang yang keji telah menjauh dan takabur,
namun kasihNya tetaplah, teguh dan mulia.
Anug’rah bagi manusia, dijunjung umatNya.

Andaikan laut tintanya dan langit jadi kertasnya,
andaikan ranting kalamnya dan insan pun pujangganya,
takkan genap mengungkapkan hal kasih mulia
dan langit pun takkan lengkap memuat kisahnya.

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