#176 ‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love

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1. ‘Tis sweet to sing the matchless love
Of Him who left his home above
And came to earth–oh, wondrous plan–
To suffer, bleed, and die for man!

2. ‘Tis good to meet each Sabbath day
And, in his own appointed way,
Partake the emblems of his death,
And thus renew our love and faith.

3. Oh, blessed hour! communion sweet!
When children, friends, and teachers meet
And, in remembrance of his grace,
Unite in sweetest songs of praise.

4. For Jesus died on Calvary!
That all thru him might ransomed be.
Then sing hosannas to his name;
Let heav’n and earth his love proclaim.

Text: George A. Manwaring, 1854-1889
Music: Frank W. Asper, 1892-1973. (c) 1948 IRI
Tune name: MEREDITH

-History: (Source: Wikipedia)

Written By: George A. Manwaring

George Manwaring (March 19, 1854 – July 7, 1889)[1] was a hymnwriter of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Some of his works have become favorite LDS hymns and are found in the 1985 LDS Church hymnal.

George Manwaring was born in England to Henry Manwaring and Sarah Barber. The family converted to the LDS Church, and in 1871, as was the custom at the time, made their way to the United States and to Utah Territory. They settled first in Salt Lake City, then permanently in Springville.[1]

Manwaring was a bass in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir beginning in 1885.[2]

Several of George’s poems were put to music and made hymns. Some of these have been included in the 1985 LDS Church hymnal.

  • Joseph Smith’s First Prayer (describing what is known as the First Vision)
  • Lord, We Ask Thee Ere We Part
  • Sing We Now at Parting
  • ‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love
  • We Meet Again in Sabbath School

Music By: Frank W. Asper

Frank Wilson Asper (1892–1973) was a Latter-day Saint composer and also Mormon Tabernacle organist beginning in 1925.

Asper came from a musically inclined family. He studied under Ebenezer Beesley as a youth and then studied at Stern Conservatory in Berlin and the New England ConservatoryBoston University, the University of Utah and Chicago Musical College. Besides being Mormon Tabernacle organist,[1] Asper was the organist of the First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.[2]

Asper was a fellow of the American Guild of Organists.[3]

Asper penned words and music for several LDS hymns. Seven of these are found in the 1985 hymnal Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • 132 – God Is in His Holy Temple – music[4]
  • 176 – ‘Tis Sweet to Sing the Matchless Love – music[5]
  • 189 – O Thou, Before the World Began – music[6]
  • 222 – Hear Thou Our Hymn, O Lord – words and music[7]
  • 245 – This House We Dedicate to Thee – music[8]
  • 257 – Rejoice! A Glorious Sound Is Heard – music[9]
  • 323 – Rise Up, O Men of God (Men’s Choir) – music[10]