573. Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love

1. Blest be the dear uniting love,
That will not let us part!
Our bodies may far off remove,
We still are one in heart.

2. Joined in one spirit to our Head,
Where He appoints we go;
And still in Jesus’ footsteps tread,
And show His praise below.

3. O may we ever walk in Him,
And nothing know beside;
Nothing desire, nothing esteem,
But Jesus crucified.

4. Closer and closer let us cleave
To His beloved embrace;
Expect His fullness to receive
And grace to answer grace.

5. While thus we walk with Christ in light
Who shall our souls disjoin,
Souls, which Himself vouchsafes t’unite
In fellowship divine!

6. We all are one who Him receive,
The same in mind and heart,
Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place,
Nor life, nor death can part.

7. Partakers of the Savior’s grace,
The same in mind and heart,
Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place,
Nor life, nor death can part.

8. But let us hasten to the day
Which shall our flesh restore,
When death shall all be done away,
And bodies part no more!

Text Information
First Line: Blest be the dear uniting love
Title: Blest Be the Dear Uniting Love
Author: Charles Wesley (1742)
Meter: CM
Language: English
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems (Bristol, England: 1742)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Alternate tune: FAITH (DYKES), John B. Dykes, 1867 John B. Gough, the great temperance lecturer, gives an interesting account in his Autobiography of the singing of this hymn when as a boy he left home in June, 1839. While the ship on which he was to sail was becalmed and tarried at Sandgate, his father and other loved ones came on board. When the visitors were about to leave for the shore, they formed their boats in a semicircle around the ship, and all stood up and with blended voices sang their affectionate farewell in the words of this hymn. As the music floated over the calm waters in the weird twilight of the dying day, it left an impression never to be forgotten by any of those who witnessed the beautiful leave taking. Nutter, p. 124
Tune Information
Name: EVAN
Composer: William Havergal (1847)
Arranger: Lowell Mason (1860)
Meter: CM
Incipit: 55132 16555 13124
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain



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