The Union

From whence doth this union arise

Author: Thomas Baldwin
Tune: UNION (Billings)
Published in 228 hymnals

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From whence does this union arise,
That hatred is conquered by love?
It fastens our souls with such ties,
That distance and time can't remove.

It cannot in Eden be found,
Nor yet in Paradise lost;
It grows on Immanuel's ground,
And Jesus' dear blood it did cost.

My friends once so dear unto me,
Our souls so united in love:
Where Jesus is gone we shall be
In yonder blest mansions above.

With Jesus we ever shall reign,
And all his bright glory shall see,
Singing hallelujahs, Amen,
Amen! even so let it be.

Source: The Southern Harmony, and Musical Companion (New ed. thoroughly rev. and much enl.) #39b

Author: Thomas Baldwin

Baldwin, Thomas. (Bozrah, Connecticut, December 23, 1753--August 29, 1825, Waterville, Maine). Following the death of his father and his mother's remarriage, he moved at age sixteen to Canaan, New Hampshire. He was married in 1775, and while a young man was elected to represent Canaan in the legislature and was repeatedly reelected. Following his conversion he was baptized in 1781. He then abandoned his legal studies and began to preach in 1782, being ordained in the following year and then serving for seven years as an evangelist. In 1790 he became pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Boston. He published a number of books and was the first editor of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine, beginning in 1803. For many years he was… Go to person page >

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First Line: From whence doth this union arise
Title: The Union
Author: Thomas Baldwin
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


From whence does this union rise? Communion of Saints. First found in J. Asplund's New Collection, Baltimore, 1793, beginning, "O whence does this union rise." Formerly very popular, and still in use as in the Baptist Hymn [and Tune] Book, Phila., 1871, No. 638. In the Church Pastorals, Boston, 1864, No. 981, it is altered to "From whence doth this union arise.” [Rev. F. M. Bird, M.A.]

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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