For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:13
Words: Benjamin Beddome, in the Bristol Baptist Collection of Ash and Evans, 1769.
Music: Boylston Lowell Mason, The Choir, or Union Collection of Church Music (Boston, Massachusetts: Carter, Hendee, 1832) (🔊 pdf nwc).
This hymn of Rev. Benjamin Beddome sounds like a prelude to the grand rally of the Christian Churches a generation later for united advance into foreign fields. It was an after-sermon hymn— like so many of Watts and Doddridge—and spoke a good man’s longing to see all sects stand shoulder to shoulder in a common crusade.
Brown, p. 169
Let party names no more
The Christian world o’erspread;
Gentile and Jew, and bond and free,
Are one in Christ, their head.
Among the saints on earth,
Let mutual love be found,
Heirs of the same inheritance
With mutual blessings crowned.
Let bitterness and wrath
Be banished far away:
Those should in strictest friendship dwell
Who the same Lord obey.
Thus will the church below
Resemble that above,
Where streams of pleasure ever flow,
And every heart is love.