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Oh, I think we sang this in church a couple of weeks ago and it made my heart smile as I sang it, ergo you get to learn about it if you don’t already. 🙂
This hymn was written by Frederick Faber back in the mid-1800’s. It has a couple of tunes that it is sung by, the one I am familiar with is the video at the end. Faber was born an Anglican by raised as a Calvinist. He became a rector in an Anglican church after he graduated from Oxford. He later converted to Roman Catholicism.
Discipleship Ministries tells me this:
Drawing inspiration from the hymns of John Newton, William Cowper and the Wesleys during his Anglican youth, he recognized that Roman Catholics lacked a tradition of more recent metrical hymnody in English. He took it upon himself to remedy this. By the time he died, he had contributed 150 hymns, all composed after his conversion to Roman Catholicism.
He also wrote Faith of Our Fathers. These two hymns are the ones most people are familiar with. He loved poetry and he used it to bring new songs to the Catholic church.
I was again surprised by just how many verses are in this song. I’m used to singing four or five. There’s more. You can view them all right here. They are worth checking out eh?
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,
Like the wideness of the sea;
There’s a kindness in His justice,
Which is more than liberty.
There is no place where earth’s sorrows
Are more felt than up in Heaven;
There is no place where earth’s failings
Have such kindly judgment given.
There is welcome for the sinner,
And more graces for the good;
There is mercy with the Savior;
There is healing in His blood.
For the love of God is broader
Than the measure of our mind;
And the heart of the Eternal
Is most wonderfully kind.
If our love were but more simple,
We should take Him at His word;
And our lives would be all sunshine
In the sweetness of our Lord.