Note from the arranger
This arrangement changes key from D Dorian to E Dorian. Although the composition was written for the pedal harp, it can easily be played on lever. There are 7 lever changes, but the tempo is slow enough that they can easily be made. The left hand is arpeggiated through the piece, and there are two harmonics in the right hand.
The text and melody were first published together in the United States in The Southern Harmony, a book of shape note hymns compiled by William Walker in the mid-1800s, who noted that it was a popular old Southern tune. Samuel Barber composed a theme and variations for organ on this melody called Wondrous Love: Variations On A Shape Note Hymn in 1958, to dedicate a new organ at Christ Episcopal Church in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. What Wondrous Love was first included in a standard hymnal in 1966 by the United Methodist Book of Hymns.