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12 April 2014

O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (TUNE: DEO GRACIAS)



See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM)

1. O love, how deep, how broad, how high,
it fills the heart with ecstasy,
that God, the Son of God, should take
our mortal form for mortals' sake!

2. For us baptized, for us he bore
his holy fast and hungered sore,
for us temptation sharp he knew;
for us the tempter overthrew.

3. For us he prayed; for us he taught;
for us his daily works he wrought;
by words and signs and actions thus
still seeking not himself, but us.

4. For us to evil power betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death,
for us gave up his dying breath.

5. For us he rose from death again;
for us he went on high to reign;
for us he sent his Spirit here,
to guide, to strengthen, and to cheer.

6. All glory to our Lord and God
for love so deep, so high, so broad:
the Trinity whom we adore,
forever and forevermore.

See alternate tune: O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High (Tune: DEUS TUORUM MILITUM)

Text: Latin 15th century, attributed to Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471). Trans. Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)

Music: DEO GRACIAS LM, "Agincourt Carol" (Trinity College MS, circa 1415)

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