1 Beloved, let us love:
for love is of God;
in God alone love has its true abode.
2 Beloved, let us love:
for those who love,
they only, are his children from above.
3 Beloved, let us love:
for love is rest,
and those who do not love cannot be blessed.
4 Beloved, let us love:
for love is light,
and those who do not love still live in night.
5 Beloved, let us love:
for only thus
shall we see God, the Lord who first loved us.
Source: Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #64
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Beloved, let us love , p. 162, i. 84. Through the kindness of the Rev. J. T. Wigner, editor of the Baptist Psalms & Hymns, 1858, and the Supplement thereto, 1880 (p. 1280, ii.), we learn that this hymn, with others, was sent him in manuscript and was included in the 1880 Supplement. It is not in Dr. Bonar's Communion Hymns, 1881. Mr. H. N. Bonar, in his Hymns by Horatius Bonar, &c, 1904, says in his Note, "The only piece printed in this selection which has not already appeared in an authorised collection of my father's hymns is 'Beloved, let us love: love is of God,’...but there is no doubt of its authorship, as I possess the original manuscript."
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)