Sunday, October 18, 2020

The Lodestone of Thy Love


The tune Lodestone, 2013

The following hymn is Part IV of “A Prayer for Persons Join’d in Fellowship,” by Charles Wesley in Hymns and Sacred Poems of 1742, pages 86–87. It a Common Meter hymn and has been set to a number of tunes, including Balerma, Boylston, Evan, and Naomi.

1. Jesu, united by thy grace,
And each to each endeared,
With confidence we seek thy grace,
And know our prayer is heard.

2. Still let us own our common Lord,
And bear thy easy yoke,
A band of love, a threefold cord,
Which never can be broke.

3. Make us into one spirit drink;
Baptise into thy name;
And let us always kindly think,
And sweetly speak, the same.

4. Touched by the lodestone of thy love,
Let all our hearts agree,
And ever toward each other move,
And ever move towards thee.

5. To thee, inseparably joined,
Let all our spirits cleave;
O may we all the loving mind
That was in thee receive.

6. This is the bond of perfectness,
Thy spotless charity;
O let us (still we pray) possess
The mind that was in thee.

7. Grant this, and then from all below
Insensibly remove:
Our souls their change shall scarcely know,
Made perfect first in love.

8. With ease our souls through death shall glide
Into their paradise,
And thence, on wings of angels, ride
Triumphant through the skies.

9. Yet when the fullest joy is given,
The same delight we prove,
In earth, in paradise, in heav’n,
Our all in all is love.

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