My Song Is Love Unknown

On Palm Sunday, many Christians celebrate Christ’s triumphant entrance into Jerusalem. Also on Palm Sunday, we read the story of Christ’s passion, which to many is the most beautiful love story every told. God’s love for us is so deep that God became enfleshed in Jesus Christ, and showed us that unconditional love is greater than anything. “For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” My prayers is that love is stronger than anything in my life. The love that God has for us, which is greater than any evil or heartache we could endure, is all encompassing and never ending.

This is truly a beautiful hymn. So beautiful, in fact, that the tune and words inspired Coldplay to write the song “A Message” on their album X&Y.

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?

He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow,
but men made strange, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But O my friend,
my friend indeed,
who at my need,
his life did spend.

Sometimes they strew his way,
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to their King.
Then “Crucify!”
is all their breath,
and for his death
they thirst and cry.

Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries!
Yet they at these
themselves displease,
and ‘gainst him rise.

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.

In life no house, no home
my Lord on earth might have;
in death no friendly tomb
but what a stranger gave.
What may I say?
Heaven was his home;
but mine the tomb
wherein he lay.

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.

–Sung by Truro Cathedral Choir, from the album Complete English Hymnal: Volume 10. Words by Samuel Crossman (1664)

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