The Love of God

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The following words were found inscribed on the walls of an asylum after the patient who occupied the room had died and been carried to his grave. The poem was later adapted by Fredrick M. Lehman in 1917 and became the third stanza of the now famous hymn, The Love of God.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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