Loved with everlasting love

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Loved with everlasting love,
Led by grace that love to know;
Spirit, breathing from above,
Thou hast taught me it is so.
Oh, this full and perfect peace!
Oh, this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease,
I am His, and He is mine.
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Heaven above is softer blue,
Earth around is sweeter green;
Something lives in every hue
Christless eyes have never seen:
Birds with gladder songs o'erflow,
Flow'rs with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know,
I am His, and He is mine.
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Things that once were wild alarms
Cannot now disturb my rest;
Closed in everlasting arms,
Pillowed on the loving breast.
Oh, to lie forever here,
Doubt and care and self resign,
While He whispers in my ear,
I am His, and He is mine.
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His forever, only His:
Who the Lord and me shall part?
Ah, with what a rest of bliss
Christ can fill the loving heart.
Heaven and earth may fade and flee,
Firstborn light in gloom decline;
But, while God and I shall be,
I am His, and He is mine.
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John Duncan Young

Dalkeith, Midlothian, United Kingdom

Ever since my conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ, this song has been my theme. It describes my conversion experience, especially verse two. Many modern songs encourage, but, the older songs were born out of real change of life styles, from sin to salvation through the death and resurrection of God's Son, Jesus Christ. The alternative tune is good too.


Dick

Phoenix, AZ, United States

I first heard this hymn when I was a freshman in Bible College in 1958, but hadn't sung it for many decades. For some reason I awakened this morning (Thanksgiving Day) and it was running through my mind. I'd forgotten all but snippets of the lyrics, so googled it and found your site. My favorite line is "As long as God and I shall be, I am His and He is mine." That covers it all, doesn't it? Thanks for including it on your website.


Livingston Pan

Canada

LOVELY!!


Margaret Hutchison

Sydney, NSW, Australia

When I first encountered this lovely hymn and came to the second verse I was startled. It perfectly describes what I experienced when I became a Christian (at age 13). It has always been a favourite for me, but is not contained in many hymn books these days so thank you for having the lyrics and music available on your site.


Andrew

What a hymn!


Mac An Rothaich

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

I really appreciate your site! I am in the process of learning a new hymn a month and this was my first. No one I knew could tell me how it goes and I do not read music (it is all by ear for me) so I really appreciated your site's lyric list and audio!


Sharon Steen

Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Our 33 year old daughter has been told that she is at risk for "sudden cardiac death". The LORD is comforting me greatly through His Word and hymns, this being one of them! He brings peace, perspective, and even joy in the midst of our heart wrenching situation.


Isaiah Tor

Sydney, NSW, Australia

The atmosphere this hymn conveys is of a loving relationship with Christ, characterised by the most immediate and intimate sentiment and feeling in spirit, with a heart that affords the Lord a way to fully envelop one's being with that precious love and grace that is Himself. The rest here is not occasioned by outward circumstances of rest, but rather despite the "wild alarms", we are in His everlasting arms, enfolded in His rest. Despite creation and all its elements subjected to the slavery of corruption, heaven and earth becomes so pleasing to us when our vision and apprehension is so characterised and saturated by the presence of His endearing love. And most of all, despite the fleeting nature of all things that we currently perceive as established, the Lord's love brings us in absolute, eternal and unchanging union with Him. Most of all we know in this progressively deep loving union with the Lord: "I am His and He is mine".


William Fox

York, North Yorshire, United Kingdom

I rather like this. In the text there does not seem to be a refrain as there is in the music. The music is full of romantic chromatacism which I rather like. I think that it is simply super that on this site it is possible to download the music too. Well done hymnal.net!

It is of the Lord's sovereignty that the Song of Songs is included in the Scriptures. However, some so-called Christians disagree with the inclusion of Song of Songs in the Bible, viewing it as a secular book, not as a sacred one. But in fact Song of Songs is the most sacred of books. In this book the seeker says, "I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine" (6:3). If we did not have Song of Songs, we probably could not have such an expression regarding our relationship with the Lord. The hymn "Loved with everlasting love" has a line in the chorus which says, "I am His, and He is mine." This is a reference to Song of Songs. To say that "I am my beloved's" does not mean that He is the Master possessing us as His servants. It means that we are His love. This relationship is not that between master and slave, but the affectionate relationship between husband and wife. Song of Songs is the most romantic book ever written. Yet this book is concerned with the loving relationship between God and His chosen people. It presents a portrait of the married life of Christ and those who love Him.