Love divine, all loves excelling

Love divine, all loves excelling. Charles Wesley* (1707-1788). First published in Hymns for those that seek and those that have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ (1747) in four 8-line stanzas, and reprinted in Select Hymns with Tunes Annext (1761). It also appeared, with alterations, in Martin Madan*’s Collection of Psalms and Hymns (1760), and in Toplady*’s collection with the same title of 1776 (Toplady's Psalms and Hymns*). The second stanza was omitted in John Wesley*’s Hymns for those to whom Christ is all in all (1761) as well as in his Collection of Hymns for the Use of the People called Methodists (1780), and has usually been omitted since that time: Breathe, O breathe thy...

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