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O God of love, to thee we bow

Full Text

1 O God of love, to you we bow,
and pray for these before you now,
That closely knit in holy vow
they may in you become as one.

2 Whatever comes to be their share
of quickening joy or burdening care,
In power to do and grace to bear,
may they in you remain as one.

3 Eternal love, with them abide;
through change and chance, O be their guide,
Let nothing in this life divide
those whom you now have joined as one.

Source: The New Century Hymnal #363

Author: William Vaughan Jenkins

Born: September 6, 1868, Bristol, England. Died: June 30, 1920, Bitton, Gloucestershire, England. Jenkins attended Bristol Grammar School and became an accountant like his father. He was active in the mission field, and developed associations with the Tyndale Baptist Church, Highbury Congregational Church, and his own parish church in Bitton. He also served as secretary to the Adult School Union in Bristol, belonged to the National Council of the Adult School Movement, and helped compile the 1909 Fellowship Hymn Book.  Go to person page >



O WALY WALY is a traditional English melody associated with the song "O Waly, Waly, gin love be bony," the words of which date back at least to Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany (1724-1732), and as the setting for a folk ballad about Jamie Douglas. It is also well known in the Appalachian region of the…

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[O God of love to Thee we bow]



The Cyber Hymnal #4897
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Small Church Music #5738
  • PDF Score (PDF)


Instances (1 - 5 of 5)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #350Text
Hymns of Truth & Light #69
Small Church Music #5738Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4897TextScoreAudio
The New Century Hymnal #363Text
Include 5 pre-1979 instances