My Dearest Friends, in Bonds of Love

My Christian friends in bonds of love, Whose hearts the sweetest union prove

Author: John Blain
Published in 150 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1. My Christian friends, in bonds of love,
Whose hearts in sweetest union join,
Your friendship’s like a drawing band,
Yet we must take the parting hand.
Your company’s sweet, your union dear,
Your words delightful to my ear;
Yet when I see that we must part
You draw like cords around my heart.

2. How sweet the hours have passed away
Since we have met to sing and pray;
How loath we are to leave the place
Where Jesus shows His smiling face.
Oh could I stay with friends so kind,
How would it cheer my drooping mind!
But duty makes me understand
That we must take the parting hand.

3. And since it is God’s holy will,
We must be parted for a while,
In sweet submission, all as one,
We’ll say, our Father’s will be done.
My youthful friends, in Christian ties,
Who seek for mansions in the skies,
Fight on, we’ll gain that happy shore,
Where parting will be known no more.

4. How oft I’ve seen your flowing tears,
And heard you tell your hopes and fears!
Your hearts with love were seen to flame,
Which makes me hope we’ll meet again.
Ye mourning souls, lift up your eyes
To glorious mansions in the skies;
Oh trust His grace — in Canaan’s land
We’ll no more take the parting hand.

5. And now, my friends, both old and young,
I hope in Christ you’ll still go on;
And if on earth we meet no more,
Oh may we meet on Canaan’s shore.
I hope you’ll all remember me
If on earth no more I see;
An int’rest in your prayers I crave,
That we meet beyond the grave.

6. Oh glorious day! Oh blessed hope!
My soul leaps forward at the thought
When, on that happy, happy land,
We’ll no more take the parting hand.
But with our blessed holy Lord
We’ll shout and sing with one accord,
And there we’ll all with Jesus dwell,
So, loving Christians, fare you well.

Source: The Sacred Harp: the best collection of sacred songs, hymns, odes, and anthems ever offered the singing public for general use (1991 rev.) #62

Author: John Blain

Blain, John. (Fishkill, New York, February 14, 1795--December 26, 1879, Mansfield, Massachusetts). Baptist. Studied at Fairfield (New York) and Middlebury (New York) academies. Pastored for nearly sixty years in : Auburn, New York City, York, and Syracuse, New York; Pawtucket and Central Falls, Rhode Island; New London, Connecticut; Charlestown and Mansfield, Massachusetts. He was also an evangelist and baptized about three thousand persons. He gave large sums to missions while living, and willed his property to home and foreign missions. The one hymn for which Blain is remembered is a parting hymn written in 1818, and published in the Original and Selected Reformation Hymns and Spiritual Songs (1829). Comprising twelve stanzas, the hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: My Christian friends in bonds of love, Whose hearts the sweetest union prove
Title: My Dearest Friends, in Bonds of Love
Author: John Blain
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Church Hymnal, Mennonite #608

The Sacred Harp #62


The Sacred Harp #62

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