Love is His Word (Richer than gold is the love of my Lord)

This hymn was written by English Roman Catholic hymn writer and editor, Luke Connaughton (1917-1979).

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 4.4.8.5.4.7, 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.



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Tune: CRESWELL

Tune: JULINORMA

Examples

Choir with piano, Tune - CRESWELL


Choir with band, Tune - CRESWELL


Instrumental - organ. Tune - CRESWELL


Professional singer with keyboard backing. Tune: CRESWELL



Singer, self-accompanied on guitar:


Professional choir - light orchestral backing. Tune: JULINORMA



Lyrics

The 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 ...

Chorus
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 ...

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KEEP IN CASE ORIGINAL IS REMOVED, BUT DO NOT DISPLAY 1. Love is His word, Love is His way,
Feasting with all, fasting alone,
Living and dying, rising again
Love only love is His way.

Chorus
Richer than gold is the love of my Lord.
Better than splendour and wealth.

2. Love is His way, love is His mark,
Sharing His last Passover feast.
Christ at the table, host to the twelve Love,
only love, is His mark.

3. Love is his mark, love is His sign,
Bread for our strength, wine for our joy,
This is my body, this is my blood
Love, only love is His sign.

4. Love is His sign, love is His news,
Do this He said Lest you forget
All my deep sorrow, all my dear blood,
Love, only love, is His news.

5. Love is His news, Love is His name,
We are His own, chosen and called,
Family, brethren, cousins and kin.
Love, only love is His name.

6. Love is His name, love is His law,
Hear His command, all who are His,
Love one another, I have loved you
Love, only love, is His law.

7. Love is His law, Love is His word,
Love of the Lord, Father, and Word,
Love of the Spirit, God ever one,
Love, only love, is His word.

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