‘Twas with An Everlasting LoveJohn Kent

(Tune: #109 — Ride on! Ride on in Majesty! — LM)


1.       ‘Twas with an everlasting love

That God his own elect embraced;

Before he made the worlds above,

Or earth on her huge columns placed.


2.       Long ere the sun’s refulgent ray

Primeval shades of darkness drove,

They on his sacred bosom lay,

Loved with an everlasting love.


3.       Then in the glass of his decrees,

Christ and his bride appeared as one;

Her sin, by imputation, his,

Whilst she in spotless splendor shone.


4.       O love, how high thy glories swell!

How great, immutable and free!

Ten thousand sins, as black as hell,

Are swallowed up, O love, in thee!


5.       [Loved, when a wretch defiled with sin

At war with heaven, in league with hell,

A slave to every lust obscene;

Who, living, lived but to rebel.]


6.       Believer, here thy comfort stands,-

From first to last salvation’s free,

And everlasting love demands

An everlasting song from thee.