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O love divine, of all that is

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1 O Love divine, of all that is,
The sweetest and the best,
Fain would I come and rest to-night
Upon thy tender breast;
I pray thee turn me not away;
For, sinful though I be,
Thou knowest ev'rything I need,
And all my need of thee.

2 And yet the spirit in my heart
Says, Wherefore should I pray
That thou shouldst seek me with thy love,
Since thou dost seek alway?
And dost not even wait until
I urge my steps to thee;
But in the darkness of my life
Art coming still to me.

3 Thou hearest ev'ry tho't I mean,
And not the words I say,
The hidden thanks among the words
That only seen to pray.
Still, still thy love will beckon me,
And still thy strength will come
In many ways to bear me up
And bring me to my home.

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #356

Author: John White Chadwick

Chadwick, John White, was born at Marblehead, Mass., U.S., Oct. 19, 1840; graduated at the Cambridge Divinity School, July 19, 1864, and ordained minister of the Second Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, N.Y., Dec. 21, 1864. A frequent contributor to the Christian Examiner; The Radical; Old and New; Harper's Magazine; and has published many poems in American periodicals. His hymn on Unity, "Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round," was written for the graduating class of the Divinity School, Cambridge, June 19, 1864. It is in Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884. It is a hymn of superior merit. [Rev. W. Garrett Horder] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)… Go to person page >

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First Line: O love divine, of all that is
Author: John White Chadwick


BANGOR (Tansur)

Traditionally used for Montgomery's text and for Peter Abelard's "Alone Thou Goest Forth, O Lord," BANGOR comes from William Tans'ur's A Compleat Melody: or the Harmony of Syon (the preface of which is dated 1734). In that collection the tune was a three-part setting for Psalm 12 (and for Psalm 11 i…

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Christ in Song #d414
Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #356TextPage Scan
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home and Services for Congregational Worship. Rev. ed. #d513
Hymn and Tune Book for the Church and the Home. (Rev. ed.) #509Page Scan
Hymnal Amore Dei #9Page Scan
Hymnal, Amore Dei #9Page Scan
Hymns of the Church Universal #439Page Scan
Hymns of the Spirit for Use in the Free Churches of America #51
Isles of Shoals Hymn Book and Candle Light Service #139Page Scan
Jubilate Deo, a Book of Hymns and Tunes for Young and Old #d212
Sacred Songs For Public Worship: a hymn and tune book #67Page Scan
Services for Congregational Worship #294Page Scan
Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #447Page Scan
The Harvard University Hymn Book #d176
The New Hymn and Tune Book #d308
Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d297
Unity Hymns and Chorals. Rev and enl. with Service Elements #d198
Universal Hymns Compiled for the North End Union #d115
University Hymn Book for use in the Chapel of Harvard University #d164