Scripture Verse

That they may be one, even as We are One. John 17:22

Introduction

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Nikolaus L. von Zinzendorf
1700–1760

Words: Ni­ko­laus L. von Zin­zen­dorf, Die Letz­ten Re­den Un­sers Herrn und Hey­land­es Je­su Chris­ti vor Sein­em Creutz­es-To­de (Frank­furt & Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1725). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish as Flock of Je­sus, Be Unit­ed (by John Mill­er & Fred­er­ick W. Fos­ter, Mo­ra­vi­an Hymn Book, 1789); and as Grant, Lord, That with Thy Di­rec­tion (1808 Sup­ple­ment to the Mo­ra­vi­an Hymn Book). These trans­la­tions were re­writ­ten in­to their pre­sent form, and the first stan­za added, in the 1886 edi­tion of the Mo­ra­vi­an Hymn Book.

Music: Cas­sell Chris­ten-Schatz (Ba­sel, Swit­zer­land: 1745) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Mill­er or Fos­ter (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

Christian hearts, in love united,
Seek alone in Jesus rest;
Has He not your love excited?
Then let love inspire each breast;
Members on our head depending
Lights reflecting Him, our sun,
Brethren His commands attending,
We in Him, our Lord, are one.

Come, then, come, O flock of Jesus,
Covenant with Him anew;
Unto Him who conquered for us,
Pledge we love and service true;
And should our love’s union holy
Firmly linked no more remain,
Wait ye at His footstool lowly,
Till He draw it close again.

Grant, Lord, that with Thy direction,
Love each other, we comply,
Aiming with unfeigned affection
Thy love to exemplify;
Let our mutual love be glowing,
Thus will all men plainly see,
That we, as on one stem growing,
Living branches are in Thee.

O that such may be our union,
As Thine with the Father is,
And not one of our communion
E’er forsake the path of bliss;
May our light ’fore men with brightness,
From Thy light reflected, shine;
Thus the world will bear us witness,
That we, Lord, are truly Thine.