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Saturday, March 18, 2006

Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean

On the Mount of Crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God's mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide

Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heaven's peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love

I was looking through the old collection of CDs that I had and chanced upon this beautiful hymn "Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean". Listening to it really made me thing of the love and grace that Jesus has shown in my life.

Nowadays, many no longer listen to hymns. How many would know titles such as "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross" and "Blessed Assurance"? Not to mention the famous hymn "Amazing Grace"? It is sad that this generation no longer listens these hymns.

Here's the complete lyrics for the song "Here Is Love Vast As The Ocean":

Here is love vast as the ocean
Loving kindness as the flood
When the Prince of life, our ransom
Shed for us His precious blood
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten
Throughout Heaven's eternal days

On the Mount of Crucifixion
Fountains opened deep and wide
Through the floodgates of God's mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide
Grace and love, like mighty rivers
Poured incessant from above
And Heaven's peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love

Let us all His love accepting
Love Him ever all our days
Let us seek His Kingdom only
And our lives be to His praise
He alone shall be our glory
Nothing in the world we see
He has cleansed and sanctified us
He Himself has set us free

In His truth He does direct me
By His Spirit through His Word
And His grace my need is meeting
As I trust in Him, my Lord
All His fullness He is pouring
In His love and power in me
Without measure
Full and boundless
As I yield myself to Thee

Update: 21 January 2007

Here is a YouTube video of the song. I can't find any sound file, so here's a video file. Hopefully you'll find it useful. Sadly, this video doesn't enable embedding, so below is a link to it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXEFM7p6Pcc

Update: 29 November 2007

The video in the link above has been removed. Here's another link you can try.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liWYLxitHkU

For those interested in learning how to play this song with a guitar, here's another video I found from YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqOsjUoLxoE


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44 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

^Thank you, thank you I've asked everyone I know who should know & no one coud tell me.

7:34 AM, April 02, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Welcome :D

Nice to know that there are still people who are interested in hymns.

God Bless :)

8:36 AM, April 02, 2006  
Blogger Jonny:) said...

Cheers, i been looking for the last two verses which i sang at a wedding. Had to google it and your blog came up.

10:29 PM, July 16, 2006  
Blogger Martyn said...

Hey there,
we've just worked out a new arrangement for this song which works really well. Checkout www.reason.mu for the sheet music and an mp3 =)

3:45 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Jonny:),

Glad that you found the last two verses. It's a nice song, especially so in a wedding :)

10:20 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Martyn,

Wow...that's a nice one. There are very few renditions of this song and I must say that yours is good :D

10:21 PM, July 17, 2006  
Blogger Citizen Grim said...

I adore this song. especially the line "kissed a guilty world in love"

10:37 PM, July 20, 2006  
Anonymous Carl said...

The words are truly beautiful and mean so much for us as a world!! There are however two more verses to this song, thus making six! Many choose just to sing two verses, others four, some six! email me carlmelville@hotmail.com

4:49 AM, August 15, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

True Carl.
As for the two verses, I don't remember hearing them. Hm...a lost verse?

7:53 PM, August 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a Welsh hymn, translated into English. It is one of the most famous hymns in the Welsh language.

It begins:

"Dyma gariad fel y moroedd, tosturiaethau fel y lli.."

8:22 PM, September 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This hymn was known as the revival hymn in the 1904 revival in Wales, written first in Welsh and there could be possibly nine verses.

3:58 AM, November 21, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Citizen Grim,

Glad that you liked it :D

9:23 AM, November 21, 2006  
Blogger Steph said...

Anonymous,

Thanks for sharing that. I didn't know that it originated from Wales. Nevertheless, it sure is a beautiful one.

9:24 AM, November 21, 2006  
Anonymous egyptiandust said...

hey steps,

greetings from egypt. I typed: here is love vast' looking for the lyrics and your blog was the first thing that came up in google egypt. I ve stolen the lyrics from your blog! Thankyou very much

11:47 PM, January 18, 2007  
Anonymous egyptian dust said...

hey again, was jus wondering...it would be nice to have a sound file of this but can't get seem to find one. know of one?

11:54 PM, January 18, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

Hi Egyptian Dust,

Nice to know that you were able to find the lyrics to this song. Well, I guess you could use it if you find it useful. Welcome :)

I can't find any sound file, but I will be including a YouTube video.

Thanks for the suggestion.

9:04 AM, January 21, 2007  
Anonymous egyptiandust said...

thanks steph, yeah i could only find the welsh virgin too

7:02 AM, January 27, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

I presume you meant "welsh version".

Welcome :)

10:49 PM, January 28, 2007  
Anonymous David said...

Hi Steph and EgyptianDust. You may be interested to know that both words and music as well as a biographical note about author and composer are available f.o.c. at www.cyberhymnal.org/ a fantastic site with hundreds of available hymns (mainly the good old "oldies")
Your Blogsite was the first item on Google on entering "Here is love...."
Congratulations Google! Wanted to look at it as it was sung at a funeral yesterday.

6:45 PM, February 23, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

Haha...thanks David :D

Thanks also for sharing with all of us that great site. It's great with all those lyrics.

8:44 AM, February 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Check out "Hymns 4 Worship: Amazing Grace" I think it is a two part series. Excellent version in my amateurish opinion.
Susan
brokenheartgal@aol.com

7:44 AM, April 02, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

Haha...I have that CD. It's really nice. In fact it was from that CD that I got to know about this wonderful song. Thanks for recommending it though :)

9:06 PM, April 07, 2007  
Blogger Deen said...

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2:09 AM, April 10, 2007  
Blogger Deen said...

Having just listened to Matt Redman's version from the "Amazing Grace" CD, I too googled and found this post. Thanks, Steph, for posting this. The prayer that is the third verse is absolutely incredible as well. Inspired by the Newsboys'"In Christ Alone," I'm working on a few more verses for "Here Is Love," touching on Christ's incarnation, ministry, the Great Commission, the throne room scene, and glorification--the last inspired by another lover of hymns, Joni Eareckson Tada. (It's worth noting that one of the great hymns on the crucifixion, "Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted," [also on CyberHymnal] is metered the same way and can be sung to the tune of "Here Is Love.") Happy to find your blog, Steph, and keep up the good work. May Christ be glorified in the East.

2:13 AM, April 10, 2007  
Anonymous christine said...

aw this song is really cool sung the tune of the rose by bette midler

5:12 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

Thanks Deen for the encouragement. I hope that you find these lyrics useful.

God bless you in your work :)

6:21 AM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Steph said...

Christine, I am glad that you like it :)

6:22 AM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Dave said...

Hi there,
I too found your site through Googling "Here is Love". A beautiful song, spiritually speaking. And thanks for the extra verses given too. We have an mp3 of three verses here: http://www.farmsoftstudios.com/refinersfire - for those interested.

GodSpeed!

10:44 AM, April 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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8:10 PM, July 10, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO Citizen Grim, hi this is KENNY, thanks for emailing me and expressing your thoughts on this song and the others we found out that we share!

Sorry I lost your email address, but since we "connected" and you expressed interest I just wanted to say hi and if you are still interested like you said, maybe we could share an icecream or something. Thanks again for visiting my hot or not profile. I thought your Citizen Grim profile was hot too. I dont care if you gained a few pounds, just means there is More of you to love.

-KENNY BANKS
The "Hot Rod" guy :)

email me: kennyb93024@yahoo.com

8:26 AM, July 13, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You may want to check out the Passion CD called "Hymns Ancient and Modern." It's a revival of old hymns sung by some of today's most well-known worship singers. At all the Passion events (mostly for college students) hymns are sung regularly along with modern worship songs, as a way to tie into the tradition and history of our faith. So, never fear, hymns are not dead!

7:48 PM, October 03, 2007  
Anonymous kay said...

Here is love vast as the ocean is a very inspiring song that I feel a lot sholud listen to, now especially when we heading towards easter.

Thank You for the lyrics!

Addrey.

4:48 PM, February 11, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The love Hymn of the Welsh Revival - such a beautiful Hymn - it's a BIG BIG shame that so many of these wonderful hymns are ignored today - today so many songs are meaningless and could be sung to anyone - the old hymns had depth that it appears today cannot be matched. Another beautiful hymn - is "A purple Robe by Timothy Dudley-Smith

10:33 PM, March 16, 2008  
Anonymous Kristina said...

Two years after your original message, I'm posting this... This morning, I heard the song done in a contemporary way and went searching for it (lyrics, etc). I actually have had it on a Celtic cd of hymns I own and never noticed. Anyway, I heard it on an internet broadcast and found it on the cyberhymnal site.

Internet show - it's the first song
http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/Afterglow/archives.asp?bcd=2008-3-31

Cyberhymnal
www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/h/e/herelove.htm

2:29 AM, April 12, 2008  
Blogger OSBORN said...

The Welsh version is so, so, so much better than this..

Dyma garia fel y moreodd..

7:51 PM, November 10, 2008  
Blogger atul said...

are u a christian ? i am a beliver & would like to know the mwaning of hymns. i am from hindu, maharashtrian family & came to lord before 1 year . i woul;d like to know old christian songs.

3:04 PM, November 13, 2008  
Blogger Gary Worrall said...

Wonderful hym - God is good! Check out this version sung prior to a sermon at Bethel with Bill Johnson. He speaks about Evan and the Welsh revival being the seedbed of the revival in Azuza St:
It's in video form so you'll need flash player, and it's free, be blessed:
http://www.ibethel.tv/watch/53:3:4

12:10 AM, February 04, 2009  
Blogger Bev :) said...

A few years ago I heard Amazing Grace sung to the tune of The Rose. The lady sang it acapello (spelling?) and it was AWESOME! Does anyone know where there might be a recording of it with or without music? I'm still trying to get her to tape it for me, but she has a very hectic life, still hoping though.
thanks, Bev :)

2:18 PM, March 06, 2009  
Blogger Victor said...

THanks for reproducing the lyrics here in full. I wanted to use this hymn in our team devotions, and your post came up in Google. We were immensely ministered by the worship time using this hymn. I agree we don't fully use the lyrical depth of hymns to our detriment.

One reason this hymn came up to my attention was because of the free sampler MP3s of worship music at this new initiative from the ministry of Mars Hill Church in Seattle called Re:Sound

12:10 PM, June 09, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I first heard this song here:
http://tinyurl.com/yae37ol

or here:
http://tinyurl.com/y9zmt7q

I love it and am glad to hear other renditions.

In Christ,
Steve

4:44 AM, October 08, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brian Johnson's version is pretty amazing in a CD called Bethel Worship

8:24 PM, December 20, 2009  
Blogger godwyns said...

Hi Steph,

Many years after you wrote your blog about this hymn, I have chanced upon it because I was listening to my best program: BBC Radio 2 Sunday Half Hour, which is a program dedicated to hyms mostly every Sunday night at 8.30pm (UK time). I noticed that Ancient & Modern (1952 edition) does not have that hymn... but your blog came up for lyrics because I sing along.

But you are right. Most times I wish people my age and younger would give time to listen and sing hymns... the amazing calm they bring and wonderful tone they sing in.

Anyway, hymns are good and would make this generation better and responsible because it will have a different effect from the violent songs that have taken over.

peace be with you.

4:28 AM, June 21, 2010  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Steph, for this. As well as the lyrics which you posted the comments of other readers are uplifting. I just listened to this on ibethel and then found that my songbook only had verses 1 & 2. As well as the lyrics I can now also listen to other versions of the hymn, thanks to your blog!

God bless you.

2:03 AM, February 04, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you Steph. Heared the song about a year ago and loved it so much. Only that i couldn't get the full lyrics and other two verses you included. Thanks for blessing a soul today. I'm from Nigeria.

5:02 AM, July 17, 2011  

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