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May 11, 2006

606R O Liberating Love

Title: "O Liberating Love," Sternhold & Hopkins (1812), Psalm 36:5-10, adapted by REH (2007); CAROL, C.M.D., Richard Storrs Willis (1850). These verses constitute the Revised Common Lectionary reading from the Psalms for Epiphany 2C and Holy Week Monday. "Sophia" is Greek for "Wisdom," who appears as a feminine voice of the Divine in Proverbs and other portions of the Bible's Wisdom books. Admittedly an obscure reference for some congregations, it can be replaced by repeating "O Wisdom," though "the Spirit" likewise fits the tune. CAROL is the hymn tune for the well-known Christmas carol "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," written by Unitarian Edmund Sears in 1849.


1. O Li-ber-at-ing Love as-cends
a-bove the heavens most high,
as pierc-ing Truth it-self ex-tends
up through the cloud-y sky.
Rise, moun-tains migh-ty, high and brave:
Your peaks of jus-tice call!
Earth's an-i-mals, the o-ceans save,
and hu-mans, all in all.

2. O Wis-dom drifts a-bove all things;
So-phi-a* shall ex-cel
the na-tions’ dreams; be-neath God's wings,
all peo-ple rich-ly dwell.
In high-est tem-ple, all are fed,
a-bun-dance at their will,
and tru-est hopes shall there be spread,
and all shall take their fill.

3. O praise the Fount of bless-ings pure
whose flow shall end-less be;
be-neath Love's Fount the soul is sure
the Light of lights to see.
From ev-ery soul who seeks to know,
let not God's grace de-part:
O may the Spir-it's teach-ings show
to all of o-pen heart.

* or 'the Spirit'

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