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All nature feels attractive power

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1. All nature feels attractive power,
A strong, embracing force;
The drops that sparkle in the shower,
The planets in their course.

2. In this fine, sympathetic chain
All creatures bear a part;
Their every pleasure, every pain,
Linked to a feeling heart.

3. More perfect bond, the Christian plan
Attaches soul to soul;
Our neighbor is the suffering man
Thou at the farthest pole.

4. To earth below, from Heaven above,
The faith in Christ professed
More clear reveals that God is love,
And whom He loves is blest.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #130

Author: William Drennan

Drennan, William, M.D., b. at Belfast, May 23, 1754, and educated at Glasgow, where he graduated M.A. in 1771, and M.D. 1778. He subsequently practised at Belfast. He died Feb. 5, 1820. In 1815 he published Fugitive Pieces in Prose and Verse, Belfast, 1815; and his Poems were collected and published with a Memoir by his sons in 1859. Of his poems six are grouped under the heading of "Religious Poems." Seven hymns, including five of these "Religious Poems," were contributed to Aspland's Unitarian Selection, 1810; but in the 1859 Poems and Memoir most of them are in a longer form. As most of these are still in common use amongst the Unitarians in Great Britain and America, we subjoin the list of first lines:— 1. All nature feels attra… Go to person page >

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First Line: All nature feels attractive power
Author: William Drennan

Tune

AZMON

Lowell Mason (PHH 96) adapted AZMON from a melody composed by Carl G. Gläser in 1828. Mason published a duple-meter version in his Modern Psalmist (1839) but changed it to triple meter in his later publications. Mason used (often obscure) biblical names for his tune titles; Azmon, a city south of C…

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