Love divine (John Stainer)
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-15). Score information: A4, 1 page, 46 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn with four-part harmony and underlaid words in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard
- Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2020-11-15). Score information: A4, 1 page, 73 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in Hymns Ancient & Modern New Standard, melody with words
- Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2007-12-02). Score information: A4, 1 page, 24 kB Copyright: Public Domain
- Edition notes: Based on the edition from the Cyber Hymnal™
Tune name: Love divine
Composer: John Stainer
First published: Tune: Love divine, John Stainer, 1889; Original Lyrics: Charles Wesley, Hymns for Those that Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ, 1747; Alt. Lyrics: R. Michael Cullinan, 1996.
2nd published: 1983 in Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard, no. 131
Description: "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling" is a Christian hymn by Charles Wesley. It first appeared in Wesley's Hymns for those that seek, and those that have Redemption (1747) and is said to have been inspired by the song "The Song of Venus" from John Dryden's play King Arthur. The hymn suggests that one can be completely cleansed of sin in this life, an idea many, including Wesley's brother John, found troublesome and prompted them to alter verses in the hymn; thus the second verse below is omitted in Hymns and Psalms.
- Cyber Hymnal™ entry for hymn tune “Love Divine”
- Wikipedia article on the hymn "Love divine, all loves excelling"
Original text and translations
Original text and translations may be found at Love divine, all loves excelling.
Lyrics: HOLY FATHER, GOD ALMIGHTY © 1996 Robert Cullinan The copyright holder grants permission to reproduce these lyrics, as long as this notice remains with each copy.