Like a Sea without a Shore / Maranatha Come Lord Jesus Come

This folk-style Advent hymn by Estelle White was first published in the 1976 20th Century Folk Hymnal Volume 3, and again in the 1977 Hymns Old and New - a Hymnal for the Irish Church,.

Sheet music is currently available in the in-print Celebration Hymnal for Everyone (McCrimmond Publications), and some editions Hymns Old and New (Kevin Mayhew Ltd) - available from MusicRoom.   Used copies of 20th Century Folk Hymnal are sometimes available from

The opening phrase, a simile to express the extent of God's love, was used in a poem "The Purple Heather" by Margaret Farrand (ref) in 1913/14.



The words of this hymn are copyright so cannot be reproduced in full there. However, there are three verses, each with four lines, and a two-line chorus is repeated between each one. A rough outline of these is:
1  Like a sea without a shore, love divine ...

Chorus: Maranatha! ... Come, Lord Jesus, Come!

2  So that we could all be free ...

3  Death where is your victory? ...

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