The love of Christ constraineth us.@2 Corinthians 5:14

Cora B. Evans, circa 1895.

Evans wrote her hymn, The love of Christ constraineth for the Woman’s Auxiliary to the Board of Foreign and Domestic Missions of the Canadian Church, and the text on which is based is the motto of that organization. It was first published in The Letter, the organ of the Auxiliary, when Mrs. Evans was editing the Montreal division, in the nineties. It appeared anonymously at first, and still later in The Book of Common Praise the author’s name is given.

Carl Fowler Price
The Christian Advocate
, November 28, 1912

Edwin C. Soley, 1911 (🔊 pdf nwc).

The love of Christ constraineth;
O let the watchword ring
Till all the world adoring
To Jesus’ feet it bring.
Till north and south the kingdoms
Shall own His glorious sway,
And east and west the nations
Rejoice to see His day.

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The love of Christ constraineth;
O let the watchword ring,
Till all the world adoring
To Jesus’ feet it bring.

The love of Christ constraineth;
And we who trust His Word,
Who know and feel its power
To gladder service stirred,
Shall neither faint nor falter,
Though dark the night and long,
And weak our hands that labor;
His strength shall make us strong.

Refrain

The love of Christ constraineth;
Then let us work and pray,
And watch the glad appearing
Of that triumphal day,
When Father, Son and Spirit,
By every tongue confessed,
All earth his broad dominion
In His dear love shall rest.

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