What Wondrous Love
Composer Peter Pindar Stearns
Text American folk hymn, ca early 1800's
Voicing SATB and organ
Church Season Lent Topics Assurance, Love (God's)
Length 2' 25" Price $2.00 (U.S.) Released 3/93
Catalog no. 405-422 Difficulty Moderately difficult
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"Peter Pindar Stearns' setting of What Wondrous Love Is This is very good. This, too, has a four-part chorale style for the singers with a beautiful organ accompaniment." -Modern Liturgy, May 1994.
"Something of the same trancelike quality pervades Peter Pindar Stearn's setting of the familiar Southern Harmony hymn 'What wondrous love is this.' This is one of those settings which is so right that it may well become the definitive choral version; I highly recommend it." -AAM Journal, February 1995
Description We can ask many things of the Holy Spirit without really wanting what we ask for. With this anthem asking for inspiration and strength for the mission of the Church, make sure it is more than just sung words. It's a powerful petition, both in music and text.
What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this, O my soul!
What wondrous love is this that caused the Lord of bliss
to lay aside his crown for my soul, for my soul,
to lay aside his crown for my soul.
To God and to the Lamb, I will sing, I will sing,
to God and to the Lamb, I will sing.
To God and to the Lamb who is the great I AM,
while millions join the theme, I will sing,
while millions join the theme, I will sing.
And when from death I'm free, I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
and when from death I'm free, I'll sing on.
And when from death I'm free I'll sing and joyful be,
and through eternity I'll sing on, I'll sing on,
and through eternity I'll sing on.
Text: American folk hymn, ca. early 1800's