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The Two Commandments

First among the Christian graces

Author: Fanny Crosby
Tune: [First among the Christian graces]
Published in 10 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 First among the Christian graces,
Love the crowning virtue stands;
Love is taught our highest duty,
In the Savior’s two commands;
Love with all thy powers united,
Love the Lord thy God above,
And remember yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love.

Love that changes not,
Love that changes not,
Love that warms the heart to all,
Everywhere we go;
Love with all thy powers united,
Love the Lord thy God above,
And remember yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love.

2 Are we loving, are we striving,
To obey our Master’s will?
We must pray for grace to help us
His commandments to fulfill;
We must keep this thought before us,
In the work we try to do,
If we love our dear Redeemer,
We must love our neighbor, too. [Refrain]

3 On the cross, O blessèd Savior,
Only love inscribed we see;
By our patient self denial,
May we prove our love to Thee;
Love Thy first and great commandment,
Love the Lord thy God above,
Thou hast taught us yet another,
As thyself, thy neighbor love. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10926

Author: Fanny Crosby

Pseudonymns: A.V., Mrs. A. E. Andrews, Mrs. E. A. Andrews, Mrs. E. L. Andrews, James L. Black, Henrietta E. Blair, Charles Bruce, Robert Bruce, Leah Carlton, Eleanor Craddock, Lyman G. Cuyler, D.H.W., Ella Dare, Ellen Dare, Mrs. Ellen Douglass, Lizzie Edwards. Miss Grace Elliot, Grace J. Frances, Victoria Frances, Jennie Garnett, Frank Gould, H. D. K., Frances Hope, Annie L. James, Martha J. Lankton [Langton], Grace Lindsey, Maud Marion, Sallie Martin, Wilson Meade, Alice Monteith, Martha C. Oliver, Mrs. N. D. Plume, Kate Smiley, Sallie Smith, J. L. Sterling, John Sterling, Julia Sterling, Ida Scott Taylor, Mary R. Tilden, Hope Tryaway, Carrie M. Wilson, W.H.D. Frances Jane Crosby, the daughter of John and Mercy Crosby, was born in Sout… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: First among the Christian graces
Title: The Two Commandments
Author: Fanny Crosby
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Love that changes not
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10926
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