God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.@1 John 4:16

Charles Wes­ley, Hymns for Those that Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Je­sus Christ 1747. This hymn was sung at the wedding of Bri­tain’s Prince Will­iam & Cath­er­ine Mid­dle­ton in West­min­ster Abbey, Lon­don, April 29, 2011.

Beech­er John Zun­del, Chris­tian Heart Songs 1870 (🔊 pdf nwc).

In 1961, during the Man­ches­ter, Eng­land, crusade…just as the meetings were about to start, Bil­ly Gra­ham became quite seriously ill…Bil­ly had been scheduled to speak to the ministers of Lon­don just before the crusade opened. You can imagine my feelings when he sent word that I should represent him and speak at that meeting. The Bri­tish pastors are themselves thorough scholars and often brilliant preachers. And they were expecting to hear Bil­ly Graham, not me!

At the beginning of that meeting in West­min­ster’s Central Hall, the ministers joined in singing this great hymn of Charles Wes­ley. Most of these Bri­tish clergymen were also well acquainted with hymn texts and hymn tunes, and they sang gloriously. Accompanied by the grand piano and the great pipe organ and using the Welsh tune Blaen­wern, these familiar words lifted our hearts in praise and prayer to God. I felt God’s strength evident through the singing; He blessed our meeting together despite my fears and their disappointment.

Barrows, p. 21

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Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of Heav’n to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in Heav’n we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.