Scripture Verse

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31


Isaac Watts (1674–1748)

Words: Is­aac Watts, Hymns and Spi­ri­tu­al Songs, 1707, Book 1, num­ber 38, part 2. The uni­ver­sal law of eq­ui­ty.

Music: Al­stone Chris­to­pher E. Will­ing, in the ap­pen­dix to Hymns An­cient and Mo­dern, 1868 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Will­ing (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Blessèd Re­deem­er, how di­vine
How right­eous is this rule of Thine!
To do to all men just the same
As we ex­pect or wish from them.

This gold­en les­son, short and plain,
Gives not the mind nor me­mo­ry pain,
And ev­ery con­science must ap­prove
This uni­ver­sal law of love.

How blessed would ev­ery na­tion be,
Thus ruled by love and eq­ui­ty!
All would be friends with­out a foe,
And form a pa­ra­dise below.

Jesus, for­give us, that we keep
Thy sacr­ed law of love asleep;
No more let en­vy, wrath and pride,
But Thy bless­ed max­ims be our guide.