’TWAS with an everlasting love
   That God His own elect embraced,
Before He made the worlds above,
    Or earth in her position placed.
2  Long before sun’s first brilliant ray
    Primeval shades of darkness drove,
Saints in His arms of purpose lay,
    Loved with an everlasting love.
3  Then, in His wonderful decrees,
    Christ and His Church appeared as one:
Her sin, by imputation, His,
    While she in spotless splendour shone.
4  Such love! how high its glories swell,
    How great, immutable, and free!
Millions of sins, deserving hell,
    Were swallowed up, no more to be!
5  Loved, when a wretch defiled with sin,
    At war with Heaven, in league with hell,
A slave to every lust obscene,
    Who, living, lived but to rebel.
6  Believing, here my comfort stands,
    Salvation undeserved and free!
Such everlasting love demands
    An everlasting song from me.
John Kent, 1766-1843