I have heard of a Saviour’s love
I have heard of a Saviour’s love. Anne Shepherd* (1809-1857).
According to Taylor, this was first published in Shepherd’s Hymns, adapted to the comprehension of young minds (Second Edition,1836). It had four stanzas, originally beginning ‘I have read…’, preceded by ‘Say unto my soul, I am thy salvation’ (Psalm 35: 3). The hymn is remarkable for the number of questions it poses:
I have heard of a Saviour’s love, And a wonderful love it must be; But did he come down from above Out of love and compassion for me?
I have heard how he suffered and bled, How he languished and died on the tree; But then is it anywhere said That he languished and suffered for me?
I’ve been told of a Heaven on high...
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