From the title you may think this is a traditional hymn from Songs Of Fellowship (168) – you would be half right!
The tune for this version is identical to the original (Robert Lowry 1826-99), but with a significant change, by Kate Simmonds, of time signature (to 4/4) and the addition of a chorus.
All three verses are attributed to William Rees (1802-83) but verse three never appeared in SOF1. I must confess, as beautiful as the final phrase of verse 2 is, it always left me tinged with sadness rather than joy.
The imagery of verses one and two is wonderful – and I think the new chorus relates God’s action back into our daily lives.
What do we do in response to a God that ‘Kissed a guilty world in love’? – verse three declares it at a personal level.