True love exceeds in greatness all
that faith and hope can be;
it's gentle, kind, delights in truth,
it serves unselfishly;
it does not envy, does not boast,
it suffers patiently;
it is not proud, nor is it rude,
its mark: humility.

True love exceeds in greatness all
that faith and hope can be;
it trusts, protects and perseveres
and hopes continually:
the love God gives will never fail -
it lasts eternally,
for love exceeds in greatness all
that faith and hope can be.


Brian Black (b.1926)
© Brian Black, administered by The Jubilate Group
Metre: 8 6 8 6 D (DCM)