1 God made all his creatures free;
Life itself is liberty;
God ordained no other bands
Than united hearts and hands.
2 Sin the primal charter broke:--
Sin, itself earth's heaviest yoke;
Tyranny with sin began,
Man o'er brute, and man o'er man.
3 But a better day shall be;
Life again be liberty;
And the wide world's only bands
Love-knit hearts and love-linked hands.
4 So shall every slavery cease,
All God's children dwell in peace,
And the new-born earth record
Love, and Love alone, is Lord.
Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #797