Scripture Verse

That they may be one, even as We are One. John 17:22

Introduction

Words: Howell E. Lewis (1860–1953).

Music: Ware­ham Will­iam Knapp, 1738 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know when this hymn was writ­ten, or where to get a good pho­to of Lew­is (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

portrait
William Knapp
1698–1768

Lyrics

Whom oceans part, O Lord, unite
To love Thy name and seek Thy light;
Though from each other far we be,
Let none, O Christ, be far from Thee.

On many a distant island shore
Still let men see Heav’n’s opened door;
’Mid silent hills, beneath fresh skies,
Let Bethel’s shining ladder rise.

Our sons and daughters guide in truth;
Take for Thyself the flower of youth;
Afar from home, through gain or loss,
Keep them true hearted to Thy cross.

Whom oceans part, O Lord, unite—
One commonwealth for God and right;
A ransomed people, strong and free,
To bring the whole wide world to Thee!