O Love of God, how strong and true,
eternal and yet ever new;
uncomprehended and unbought,
beyond all knowledge and all thought.
O wide-embracing, wondrous Love,
we read thee in the sky above;
we read thee in the earth below,
in seas that swell and streams that flow.
We read thee best in him who came
to bear for us the cross of shame,
sent by the Father from on high,
our life to live, our death to die.
We read thy power to bless and save
e’en in the darkness of the grave;
still more in the resurrection light
we read the fullness of thy might.
–Words: Horatius Bonar, 1861; from the album Hymns Through the Ages, by Thomas Foster, and sung by the Choir of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Beverly Hills.