Music, Spirituality

Dyma Gariad Fel y Moroedd (Here is Love Vast as the Ocean)

Wales has a strong tradition of music, both secular and sacred. Of the Welsh hymns, one is particularly popular, and a favorite of mine.

Though it was written in the 1870s, Here is Love Vast as the Ocean became popular during a period of intense revival among the evangelical churches of Wales in 1904. Annie Davies, a singer who traveled with evangelist Evan Roberts, made the song a cornerstone of the worship services, and it became known as The Love Song of the Welsh Revival.

Dyma Gariad (Here is Love) performed by Nicky Rose in Welsh

Words: William Rees (1802-1883), verses 1-2 (Dyma gariad fel y moroedd)
Music: Robert Lowry, 1876

Dyma gariad fel y moroedd,
Tosturiaethau fel y lli:
Twysog Bywyd pur yn marw—
Marw i brynu’n bywyd ni.
Pwy all beidio â chofio amdano?
Pwy all beidio â thraethu’I glod?
Dyma gariad nad â’n angof
Tra fo nefoedd wen yn bod.

Ar Galfaria yr ymrwygodd
Holl ffynhonnau’r dyfnder mawr;
Torrodd holl argaeau’r nefoedd
Oedd yn gyfain hyd yn awr:
Gras â chariad megis dilyw
Yn ymdywallt ymâ ’nghyd,
A chyfiawnder pur â heddwch
Yn cusanu euog fyd.

I first remember hearing Here is Love on the Hymns Ancient & Modern album from Passion. Sung by Matt Redman, it was a perfect unification of lyrics and music that touched my heart in a new way.

Here is Love Vast as the Ocean performed by Matt Redman in English

Translated by William Edwards in The Baptist Book of Praise, 1900.
William Williams possibly wrote verses 3-4

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.
Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.
Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Let me all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;
Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.
Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.


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