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"God is love," his word has said it
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

"God is love," his word has said it.

"God is love." (1 John 4,16)

1. "God is love," his word has said it,
  this is news of heav'nly birth;
fly abroad and quickly spread it,
  make it known through all the earth
        that "God is love".

2. Not in yonder blessed regions,
  where the Lord, with glory crowned,
reigns amidst angelic legions,
  will the brightest proof be found
        that "God is love".

3. 'Tis on earth the Lord discloses
  all his love, how vast it is;
earth's the favoured spot he chooses
  to convince the world of this,
        that "God is love".

4. 'Tis that "Man of sorrows" yonder,
  object of contempt beneath,
but in heav'n of highest wonder,
  teaches fully by his death
        that "God is love".

5. His a throne, the throne of heaven,
  yet he comes on earth to bleed,
and for man his life is given;
  this is what declares indeed
        that "God is love".

6. Not for those who ever loved him,
  did the Lord of glory die,
pity to the wretched moved him;
  who, that hears it, will deny
        that "God is love".

7. 'Tis a truth, away and spread it,
  spread the tidings far and near;
O may sinners give it credit,
  and be joyful when they hear
        that "God is love".

Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 651.

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