O love, how deep, how broad, how high! (Johann Hermann Schein)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn as found in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn as found in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, with words and melody in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony adapted from Bach and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-14).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, words and melody as used with harmony adapted from Bach

General Information

Title: O love, how deep, how broad, how high!
Composer: Johann Hermann Schein
Tune: Eisenach
Lyricist: Thomas à Kempis

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:

Description: Melody adapted from Schein, translation by Benjamin Webb (1819-1885)

External websites: https://embassysingers.de/scores/hymns.html

Original text and translations

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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.

He sent no angel to our race
of higher or of lower place,
but wore the robe of human frame
himself, and to this lost world came.

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

For us to wicked men betrayed,
scourged, mocked, in purple robe arrayed,
he bore the shameful cross and death;
for us at length gave up his breath.

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.

To him whose boundless love has won
salvation for us through his Son,
to God the Father, glory be
both now and through eternity.