O Love, how deep, how broad, how high

O Love, how deep, how broad, how high. Latin, author unknown, perhaps 15th-century, translated by Benjamin Webb* (1819-1885). The Latin text, ‘O amor quam exstaticus’*, is part of a longer hymn beginning ‘Apparuit benignitas’ found in a 15th-century manuscript at Karlsruhe, Germany (Badische Landesbibliothek, Ms. 368 (see Analecta Hymnica 48. 487–8). It had 23 stanzas, with the title I[tem] de natiuitate d[o]m[inus] y[m]pn[us]. ‘O amor...’ is stanza 2. The hymn has sometimes been attributed to Thomas à Kempis* on the grounds of a similarity in hand-writing to his work elsewhere; but The Hymnal 1940 Companion, p. 223, suggests that there is 'no adequate reason‘ for this, although the...

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