My song is love unknown

My song is love unknown,
  My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,
  That they might lovely be.
    O who am I,
    That for my sake
    My Lord should take
    Frail flesh, and die?
He came from His blest throne
  Salvation to bestow;
But men made strange, and none
  The longed-for Christ would know:
    But oh, my Friend,
    My Friend indeed,
    Who at my need
    His life did spend.
Sometimes they strew His way,
  And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
  Hosannas to their King:
    Then “Crucify!”
    Is all their breath,
    And for His death
    They thirst and cry.
They rise and needs will have
  My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
  The Prince of life they slay.
    Yet cheerful He
    To suffering goes,
    That He His foes
    From thence might free.
In life, no house, no home
  My Lord on earth might have;
In death, no friendly tomb,
  But what a stranger gave.
    What may I say?
    Heav’n was His home;
    But mine the tomb
    Wherein He lay.
Here might I stay and sing,
  No story so divine;
Never was love, dear King,
  Never was grief like Thine.
    This is my Friend,
    In whose sweet praise
    I all my days
    Could gladly spend.

Cheney, WA, United States

"My song is love unknown,

My Savior’s love to me;

Love to the loveless shown,

That they might lovely be." The most mysterious, rich, sweet and tender experience He has given us, that He is making us Him in life and nature - that they might lovely be.

Megan Navarro


This is my friend, in whose sweet praise I all my days could gladly spend. Wonderful God.


Phc, Rivers

I heard this hymn in church today after many years, it's my mum's lovely easter hymn. I sought it out and I'm glad to hear it and see the whole lyrics on this site. Jesus is such a wonderful friend!


Yes dear Lord, You are my love, the true Lamb that was slain for my sake. Yes Lord I love You with all my heart.

O who am I,

That for my sake

My Lord should take

Frail flesh, and die?

Thank You Abba Father, thank You the Son, thank You the Holy Spirit. Hallelujah His love saved me!!!!!

Hegie Tamparong

Ozamiz City, Misamis Occ., Philippines

Praise the Lord. I love You, Lord Jesus. Without You, Lord, I can do nothing.

Pelita CVH

Amen! Thank You Lord for You are our ever best FRIEND...

Just as the Son of Man came not to be waited on but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [the price paid] to set us free.



I love You, Lord! "Oh who am I, that for my sake my Lord should take frail flesh and die?" Praise You, precious Jesus, because being enemies You have reconciled us to Yourself through Your death. Oh, how Your children praise You! You're wonderful dear Father and Lord.

Junie Sugalam

Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Oh how sweet thou experiencing Christ is! Hosanna.... our Lord Jesus Christ.


United Kingdom

This is a great tune - but hardly new! The composer, John Ireland, was from 1879-1962.