The Bond of Love

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1 Praise waits in Zion, Lord for Thee:
Thy saints adore Thy holy name;
Thy creatures bend the obedient knee,
And humbly now Thy presence claim.

2 Eternal Source of truth and light.
To Thee we look, on Thee we call;
Lord, we are nothing in Thy sight,
But Thou to us art all in all.

3 Still may Thy children in Thy word
Their common trust and refuge see;
O bind us to each other, Lord,
By one great bond, – the love of Thee.

4 Here, at the portal of Thy house,
We leave our mortal hopes and fears;
Accept our prayers and bless our vows,
And dry our penitential tears.

5 So shall our sun of hope arise,
With brighter and still brighter ray,
Till Thou shalt bless our longing eyes
With beams of everlasting day.


Source: The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal: official hymnal of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church #12

Author: James Edward Smith

Smith, Sir James Edward, born at Norwich Dec. 2, 1759; died March 17, 1828. A distinguished botanist, and President of the Linnaean Society from its foundation in 1788 to the time of his death. He was knighted when the Prince Regent became, in 1814, a Patron of the Society. Smith studied medicine at Edinburgh, and, in 1786, graduated as a physician at Leyden. After further travels abroad he finally settled down at Norwich in 1797. He published English Botany in 36 vols. (beginning in 1790) and various other botanical works. He was also a large contributor to Rees's Encyclopaedia. The friend of Dr. Enfield and John Taylor, he was also a member of the congregation meeting in the Octagon Chapel, Norwich, and a subscriber to the British and For… Go to person page >

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First Line: Praise waits in Zion, Lord, for Thee; Thy saints adore Thy holy name
Title: The Bond of Love
Author: James Edward Smith
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



HURSLEY is a Protestant French Huguenot melody by an anonymous composer.

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This tune is likely the work of the composer named here, but has also been attributed to others as shown in the instances list below. According to the Handbook to the Baptist Hymnal (1992), Old 100th first appeared in the Genevan Psalter, and "the first half of the tune contains phrases which may ha…

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William Knapp (b. Wareham, Dorsetshire, England, 1698; d. Poole, Dorsetshire, 1768) composed WAREHAM, so named for his birthplace. A glover by trade, Knapp served as the parish clerk at St. James's Church in Poole (1729-1768) and was organist in both Wareham and Poole. Known in his time as the "coun…

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