The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Immortal Love, Forever Full

Words: John G. Whittier, 1866

Music: Serenity, Arr. William V. Wallace, 1856
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / XML

Meter: Common Meter

Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal.
Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932, #152

1. Immortal Love, forever full,
    Forever flowing free,
Forever shared, forever whole,
    A never-ebbing sea!

2. We may not climb the heav’nly steeps
    To bring the Lord Christ down;
In vain we search the lowest deeps,
    For Him no depths can drown.

3. But warm, sweet, tender even yet
    A present help is He;
And faith has still its Olivet,
    And love its Galilee.

4. 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.

5. 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.

Sheet Music from Andreas Bersagel, et al, eds., The Concordia Hymnal. Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1932, #152

Sheet Music "Serenity" from Henry Sloane Coffin and Ambrose White Vernon, eds., Hymns of the Kingdom of God. New York: The A. S. Barnes Company, 1910, #113.

An additional verse is found in this edition:

5. 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.

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