The Worship Quote of the Week for (04/02/1996):

"My Song Is Love Unknown"
Well, here we are in HOLY WEEK. The worship quote is a 17th century poem by
Samuel Crossman. Notice the incredible poetic twists that the author uses in
describing the Incarnation, Christ's suffering, the shouts of the crowd, and
the "home" of Christ. [Seven verses--try not to get discouraged by the
archaic language.]

My song is love unknown,
My Savior'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 men made strange, and none
The longed-for Christ would know.
But O, my Friend,
My Friend indeed,
Who at my need His life did spend!

Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;
Resounding all the day
Hosannas to their King.
Then: "CRUCIFY!"
Is all their breath,
And for His death they 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 they at these
Themselves displease and 'gainst Him rise.

They rise, and needs will have
My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they save,
The Prince of Life they slay.
Yet cheerful 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.

-Samuel Crossman (c1624-1683)

Have a great week. May it be one where Christ's love is very real to you.

Chip Stam