‘Twas with an everlasting love,
That God His own elect embraced,
Before He made the worlds above,
Or earth on her huge columns placed.
Long ere the sun’s refulgent ray,
Primeval shades of darkness drove,
They on His sacred bosom lay,
Loved with an everlasting love.
Then, in His love and His decrees,
Christ and His bride appeared as one;
Her sin, by imputation His,
While she in spotless splendor shown.
O love! How high thy glories swell!
How great, immutable and free;
Ten thousand sins as black as hell,
Are swallowed up, O love, by thee.
Believer, here thy comfort stands,
From first to last salvation’s free;
And everlasting love demands,
An everlasting song from thee.