…that they may be one, even as We are One. John 17:22
Words: William E. Miller, in Hymns and Spiritual Songs, for the Use of Christians (Baltimore, Maryland: McCrea & Barnhill, 1801), alt.
If you know where to get a good picture of Miller (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
Our souls by love together knit,
Cemented, mixed in one,
One hope, one heart, one mind, one voice,
’Tis Heav’n on earth begun;
Our hearts have burned while Jesus spoke,
And glowed with sacred fire;
He stopped and talked and fed, and blessed,
And filled th’enlarged desire.
We’re soldiers fighting for our God,
Let trembling cowards fly;
We’ll stand unshaken, firm and fixed,
With Christ to live and die:
Let devils rage and hell assail,
We’ll cut our passage through;
Let foes unite and friends desert,
We’ll seize the crown our due.
The little cloud increases still,
The heav’ns are big with rain;
We haste to catch the teeming shower,
And all its moisture drain:
A rill, a stream, a torrent flows,
But pour the mighty flood;
O sweep the nations, shake the earth,
Till all proclaim Thee God.
And when Thou makest up Thy jewels
And set Thy starry crown,
When all Thy sparkling gems shall shine,
Proclaimed by Thee Thine own;
May we, a little band of love,
We sinners saved by grace,
From glory into glory changed,
Behold Thee face to face.