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My song is love unknown,
my Saviour’s love to me,
love to the loveless shown
that they might lovely be.
O who am I, that for my sake
my Lord should take frail flesh and die?
He came from his blest throne
salvation to bestow
but we cared not, and none
the longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my Friend, my Friend indeed,
who at my need his life did spend!
Sometimes we strew his way
and his sweet praises sing,
resounding all the day
hosannas to our King.
Then “Crucify!” is all our breath,
and for his death we thirst and cry.
Why, what hath my Lord done?
What makes this rage and spite?
He made the lame to run,
he gave the blind their sight.
Sweet injuries! Yet all his deeds
our hatred feeds; we ’gainst him rise.
We rise and needs will have
my dear Lord made away;
a murderer we save,
the Prince of life we slay.
Yet willing he to suff’ring goes,
that he his foes from thence might free.
In life, no house, no home
my Lord on earth might have;
in death, no friendly tomb
but what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was his home,
but mine the tomb wherein he lay.
Here might I stay and sing,
no story so divine;
never was love, dear King,
never was grief like thine.
This is my Friend, in whose sweet praise
I all my days could gladly spend.
from Quarry Street Hymnal, Volume 1
released November 1, 2012
Text by Samuel Crossman, ca. 1624-1683
altered by Bethany Brooks
Music composed by Bethany Brooks
Produced by Jeff Hiatt
Bethany Brooks: piano, Hammond organ, vocal
Michael McShane: vocal
Brad Hinton: lead guitar
Nate Gonzalez: electric guitar
Philip D'Agostino: double-bass
Fred Berman: drums
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