1 How shall we show our love to Thee,
Thou living God most high,
But loving this Thy family,
For which Thou deignedst to die?
2 If Thou for me such Love didst bear,
Shall I not love again?
For all are objects of Thy care;
Thy Love doth all sustain.
3 If we have love for Thee in heaven,
'Tis seen by love on earth:
Love only, love which God hath given,
Doth prove our heavenly birth.
4 For all we know of God above,
And of His saints below,
And all we know of heaven, is Love,
And all we need to know.
5 Love is of life the only sign,
Love is our vital breath;
Love only shows the child divine,
Love only conquers death.
6 Whate'er we do, where'er we go,
Let love our sonship prove:
Our lives the first celestial show,
Our thoughts and words be love.
7 O deign to send the love of Thee
From highest heaven above;
For then our life Thy praise shall be,
When all our life is love.
8 With praise to Thee our strains began,
With love of Thee shall end;
The love of Thee, and love of man,
From heaven O deign to send!