1 Brethren, beloved for Jesu's sake,
A hearty welcome here receive;
May we together now partake
The joys which he alone can give!
2 May he, by whose kind care we meet,
Send his good Spirit from above,
Make our communications sweet,
And cause our hearts to burn with love1
3 Forgotten be each worldly theme,
When thus we meet to pray and praise,
We only wish to speak of him,
And tell the wonders of his grace.
4 We'll talk of all he did and said,
His suffering and his dying love,
The path he marked for us to tread,
And how he triumphs now above.
5 Thus as the moments pass away,
We'll love, and wonder, and adore;
Then hasten on the glorious day,
When we shall meet to part no more.
The Hartford Selection of Hymns from the most approved authors, 1799