Scripture Verse

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18


Words: Ano­ny­mous, in Hymns for the Cham­ber of Sick­ness, by James Ed­mes­ton (Lon­don: Re­li­gious Tract So­cie­ty, 1844), page 35.

Music: St. Ca­the­rine (Wal­ton) ar­ranged by James G. Wal­ton, in Crown of Je­sus Mu­sic, by Hen­ri F. He­my (Lon­don: 1864) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Perfect in love!—Lord, can it be,
Amidst this state of doubt and sin,
While foes so thick without I see,
With weak­ness, pain, dis­ease with­in:
Can per­fect love in­ha­bit here,
And, strong in faith, ex­ting­uish fear?

O Lord! amidst this men­tal night,
Amidst the clouds of dark dis­may,
Arise! arise! shed forth Thy light,
And kin­dle love’s me­ri­di­an day.
My Sav­ior God, to me ap­pear,
So love shall tri­umph over fear.