1 And is the gospel peace and love?
Such let our conversation be;
The serpent blended with the dove
Wisdom and meek simplicity.
2 When'er the angry passions rise,
And tempt our thoughts and tongues to strife;
To Jesus let us lift our eyes,
Bright Pattern of the Christian life.
3 Dispensing good where'er he came,
The labors of his life were love;
Then if we bear the Saviour's name,
By his example let us move.
4 O, how benevolent and kind!
How mild how ready to forgive!
Be this the temper of our mind,
And these the rules by which we live.
Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #629
And is the gospel peace and love? Anne Steele. [Example of Christ.] First published in her Poems on Subjects chiefly Devotional, 1760-80, vol. i. pp. 122-123: and repeated in Sedgwick's reprint of her Hymns, &c, 1863, pp. 75-76. It is in 7 stanzas of 4 lines, and entitled, "The Example of Christ." In 1787 it was introduced into congregational use by Dr. Rippon, in his Baptist Selection of Hymns, No. 166. This was followed by the Baptist New Selection, 1828, No. 121, and others to modern collections. In Snepp's Songs of Grace & Glory, 1872, No. 555, stanzas i., ii., iii., and vi. are given unaltered. It is also in American use.
-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)