God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.@1 John 4:16
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Johann S. Bach (1685–1750)

Man­dell Creigh­ton, 1900.

Das Walt’ Gott Va­ter Dan­i­el Vet­ter, Mu­sic­al­ische Kirch-und Haus-Er­götz­lich­keit, part 2 (Leip­zig, Ger­ma­ny: 1713). Adapt­ed and har­mo­nized by Jo­hann S. Bach (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Mandell Creighton (1843–1901)
© National Portrait Gallery

[Creighton] wrote [this hymn] in Lon­don, early in 1900. He gave a copy in MS. to the Hon. Sar­ah Kath­leen, daugh­ter of the 4th Lord of Lyt­tle­ton, who had it print­ed, and it was first used on April 26, 1900, at St. Mar­ga­ret’s Church, West­min­ster, on the oc­ca­sion of her mar­riage to Mr. J. C. Bai­ley, of Eg­er­ton Gar­dens, Lon­don.

Julian, p. 1626

O Thou who gavest power to love
That we might fix our hearts on Thee,
Preparing us for joys above
By that which here on earth we see:

Thy Spirit trains our souls to know
The growing purpose of Thy will,
And gives to love the power to show
That purpose growing larger still;

Larger, as love to reverent eyes
Makes manifest another soul,
And shows to life a richer prize,
A clearer course, a nobler goal.

Lord, grant Thy servants who implore
Thy blessing on the hearts they blend,
That from that union evermore
New joys may blossom to the end.

Make what is best in each combine
To purge all earthly dross away,
To strengthen, purify, refine,
To beautify each coming day.

So may they hand in hand advance
Along life’s path from troubles free;
Brave to meet adverse circumstance
Because their love points up to Thee.