1 And is the gospel peace and love?
Such let our conversation be;
The serpent blended with the dove,
Wisdom and meek simplicity.
2 Whene'er the angry passions rise,
And tempt our thoughts or tongues to strife
On Jesus let us fix our eyes,
Bright pattern of the Christian life.
3 O how benevolent and kind!
How mild! how ready to forgive!
Be this the temper of our mind,
And these the rules by which we live.
4 To do his heavenly Father's will,
Was his employment and delight:
Humility and holy zeal
Shone through his life divinely bright.
5 Dispensing good where'er he came,
The labors of his life were love:
If then we love the Savior's name,
Let his divine example move!
A Selection of Hymns, from Various Authors, Supplementary for the Use of Christians. 1st ed., 1816