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1 It is a gift from God above,
And the effects of saving grace,
To be possess'd with christian love;
To love the Lord and all his ways.
2 But where such love to God is found,
It will to fellow-men extend;
With cords of love such hearts are bound,
To help the poor and be their friend.
3 To love the God whom we can't see,
And yet not love our fellow-men;
Such love as that can never be,
And such profession is but vain.
4 They who are truly born of God,
Their blessed Saviour's mind they feel;
They have their hearts by grace renew'd
And love to do their Maker's will.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.) #CCCII