Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.@Mark 12:30-31
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Fanny Crosby (1820-1915)

Fanny Crosby, in the Royal Diadem, edited by Robert Lowry & W. Howard Doane (New York & Chicago, Illinois: Biglow & Main, 1873), page 128.

W. Howard Doane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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W. Howard Doane (1832-1915)

First among the Christian graces,
Love the crowning virtue stands;
Love is taught our highest duty,
In the Savior’s two commands;
Love with all thy powers united,
Love the Lord thy God above,
And remember yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love.

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Love that changes not,
Love that changes not,
Love that warms the heart to all,
Everywhere we go;
Love with all thy powers united,
Love the Lord thy God above,
And remember yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love.

Are we loving, are we striving,
To obey our Master’s will?
We must pray for grace to help us
His commandments to fulfill;
We must keep this thought before us,
In the work we try to do,
If we love our dear Redeemer,
We must love our neighbor, too.

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On the cross, O blessèd Savior,
Only love inscribed we see;
By our patient self denial,
May we prove our love to Thee;
Love Thy first and great commandment,
Love the Lord thy God above,
Thou hast taught us yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love.

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