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1 'Tis a duty Christians owe
To love and serve their fellow-men,
To better service do we know,
Our peace of conscience to maintain.
2 God's perfect law is not obey'd,
Nor yet the least command fulfill;
The best that can be done or said
Leaves men but failing creatures still.
3 But O the soul! from God inspir'd
With grace divine and heav'nly love,
Hath all what e'er the law requir'd,
Completed by the hand above.
4 That law is written in the heart,
Which acts and moves by love and grace:
The mind is bound in every part
To God, and all his righteous ways.
5 This law exceeds all other laws,
No better heav'n to man could give;
This law is love, and moves and draws
The mind to God, in him to live.Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #XL