Immortal love for ever full


Immortal love, forever full,
forever flowing free,
forever shared, forever whole,
a never ebbing sea!

Our outward lips confess the name
all other names above;
love only knoweth whence it came,
and comprehendeth love.

We may not climb the heavenly steeps
to bring the Lord Christ down;
In vain we search the lowest deeps,
for him no depths can drown.

But warm, sweet, tender, even yet,
a present help is he;
and faith still has its Olivet,
and love its Galilee.

The healing of his seamless dress
is by our beds of pain;
we touch him in life's throng and press,
and we are whole again.

Through him the first fond prayers are said
our lips of childhood frame,
the last low whispers of our dead
are burdened with his Name.

O Lord and Master of us all,
whate'er our name or sign,
we own thy sway, we hear thy call,
we test our lives by thine.


Words: John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), 1867

MIDI: Bishopthorpe (Jeremiah Clarke, 1743-1809)

Meter: CM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins)      
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 329 St. Hugh  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein)      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter)      
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906 408 Bishopthorpe  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 672 St. Leonard  
The Hymnal 1916 404 Fingal  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 483 Fingal  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 664 The Haven  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
476 Serenity  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925 272 Bishopthorpe  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 536 Bishopthorpe  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 660 Bishopthorpe, St. Leonard  
The Hymnal 1940 360 Albano, Bishopthorpe  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 208 Bishopthorpe  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 371 Henley  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 537 Bishopthorpe  
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 168 Stracathro  
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 133 Bishopthorpe  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 378 Bishopthorpe  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 105 Bishopthorpe  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 243 Bishopthorpe  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998      
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999 176 Bishopthorpe  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 328 Stracathro  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 475 Bishopthorpe  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 315 Bishopthorpe  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 211 Bishopthorpe  

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