It was first published in Sing a New Song in 1970, and has been included in various other collections since, including ones in the USA and Australia.
With meter 18.104.22.168.4.7, tunes it has been set to include:
- CRESSWELL (Milner) by Anthony Milner (b 1925) - the original tune
- JULINORMA by Robert Hutmacher - set to the text when it was published in the US.
Instrumental - organ. Tune - CRESWELL
Professional singer with keyboard backing. Tune: CRESWELL
Professional choir - light orchestral backing. Tune: JULINORMA
LyricsThe words are still copyright- though they are available here.
There are 7 verses, each with 4 lines, and a two-line chorus which is repeated between lines. A rough outline is:
1. Love is His word, Love is His way,
Love only love is His ...
Richer than gold is the love of my Lord.
Better than splendour and wealth.
2. Love is His way, love is His mark,
3. Love is his mark, love is His sign,
4. Love is His sign, love is His news,
5. Love is His news, Love is His name,
6. Love is His name, love is His law,
7. Love is His law, Love is His word,