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Background

The Methodist Hymn-Book Illustrated
John Telford, 1909

Short Hymns on Select Passages of Scripture, 1762; Works, ix. 55. Exodus 34:6. The first line is ‘Thy causeless unexhausted love.’

The debt to Matthew Henry’s Commentary has been described under hymn 55. Verse 4 is based on Henry’s words, ‘The spring of mercy is always full, and streams of mercy always flowing. There is mercy enough in God, enough for all, enough for each, enough for evermore.’

Thomas Jackson says (Charles Wesley, ii. 200), ‘Few persons would think of going to the verbose Commentary of Matthew Henry for the elements of poetry; but the genius of Charles Wesley, like the fabled philosopher’s stone, could turn everything to gold. Some of his eminently beautiful hymns, strange as it may appear, are poetic versions of Henry’s expository notes.’

This hymn furnished Dinah Morris with the closing appeal in her sermon on the village green–

‘Dear friends, come and take this blessedness; it is offered to you; it is the goodness that Jesus came to preach to the poor. It is not like the riches of this world, so that the more one gets the less the rest can have. God is without end; His love is without end–

Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each,
Enough for evermore.’
(Adam Bede, ch. ii.)
#HymnalTitleAuthorTuneComposerVerses
061Congregational Church Hymnal, 1887Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)AlbanoVincent Novello (1781-1861)6
071Congregational Hymnary, 1916Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)St. HughEdward J. Hopkins (1818-1901)6
046Hymn and Tune Book, 1889Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)HowardMrs. Elizabeth Cuthbert (circa 1800-1857)6
317Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 1878Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)St. BernardLondon Tune Book6
048Methodist Hymn and Tune Book, 1918Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)SalzburgArranged from Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)5
068aThe Baptist Church Hymnal, 1900Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)WaveneyRichard Redhead (1820-1901)6
068bThe Baptist Church Hymnal, 1900Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)St. AngelusArthur Henry Brown (1830-1926)6
068cThe Baptist Church Hymnal, 1900Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)TudorJames P. Jewson (1823-1889)6
068dThe Baptist Church Hymnal, 1900Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)St. MargueriteRev. Edward C. Walker (1848-1872)6
067The Methodist Hymn-Book, 1904Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788) from Short Hymns on Select Passages of Scripture, 1762ArnoldSamuel Arnold, 17916
042The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)Arnold’sSamuel Arnold (1740-1802)6
250Wesley’s Hymns and New Supplement, 1877Thy Ceaseless, Unexhausted LoveRev. Charles Wesley (1707-1788)Arnold’sSamuel Arnold (1740-1802)6

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1Thy ceaseless, unexhausted love,
Unmerited and free,
Delights our evil to remove,
And help our misery.
2Thou waitest to be gracious still:
Thou dost with sinners bear;
That, saved, we may Thy goodness feel,
And all Thy grace declare.
3Thy goodness and Thy truth to me,
To every soul, abound,
A vast unfathomable sea,
Where all our thoughts are drowned.
4Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each,
Enough forevermore.
5Faithful, O Lord, Thy mercies are,
A rock that cannot move:
A thousand promises declare
Thy constancy of love.
6Throughout the universe it reigns,
Unalterably sure;
And while the truth of God remains,
The goodness must endure. Amen.
1Thy ceaseless, unexhausted love,
Unmerited and free,
Delights our evil to remove,
And help our misery.
2Thou waitest to be gracious still;
Thou dost with sinners bear;
That, saved, we may Thy goodness feel,
And all Thy grace declare.
3Thy goodness and Thy truth to me,
To every soul, abound,
A vast, unfathomable sea,
Where all our thoughts are drowned.
4Its streams the whole creation reach,
So plenteous is the store;
Enough for all, enough for each,
Enough forevermore.
5Faithful, O Lord, Thy mercies are,
A rock that cannot move:
A thousand promises declare
Thy constancy of love.
6Throughout the universe it reigns,
Unalterably sure;
And while the truth of God remains
His goodness must endure. Amen.
BookReferenceBible Text
Exodus34:6,76 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
Psalm100:5For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Isaiah30:18And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.
John15:13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.