Scripture Verse

Love one another, as I have loved you. John 13:34


John G. Whittier

Words: John G. Whit­ti­er, 1848. This hymn be­gins with stan­za 11 of Whit­tier’s po­em on Wor­ship, gi­ven in full in his Com­plete Po­e­ti­cal Works, 1876, page 96.

Music: Sec­comb Charles H. Morse, 1893 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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


O he whom Jesus loved has truly spoken,
That holier worship, which God deigns to bless,
Restores the lost, and heals the spirit broken,
And feeds the widow and the fatherless.

Then, brother man, fold to thy heart thy brother,
For where love dwells, the peace of God is there;
To worship rightly is to love each other;
Each smile a hymn, each kindly deed a prayer.

Follow with reverent steps the great example
Of Him whose holy work was doing good;
So shall the wide earth seem our Father’s temple,
Each loving life a psalm of gratitude.