My Song is Love Unknown

This hymn was written by Samuel Crossman (1623-1648). It was first published in The Young Man’s Med­i­ta­tion in 1664.

With meter of, tunes it has been set to include:


    Sheet Music Plus Homepage Arrangement for choir  (SATB) byDale Wood. Includes: instrumental version, vocal and choir sheet music.


    Tune: LOVE UNKNOWN, organ accompaniment

    Tune: LOVE UNKNOWN, guitar accompaniment


    My song is love unknown,
    My Saviour’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 O! 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.

    Why, what hath my Lord done?
    What makes this rage and spite?
    He made the lame to run,
    He gave the blind their sight,
    Sweet injuries! Yet they at these
    Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.

    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.

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