1 The Church of God believes it right,
To think and do as Jesus bade,
When on that dark and doleful night
He gave His law, and plainly said:—
2 Mark the example which I give:
Keep it, and show your mutual love
My precepts do, and you shall live,
In bliss below, and heaven above.
3 Then, do we love our brethren now?
And are we bound in union sweet?
If so, like Jesus, let us bow,
And let us wash each other's feet.
4 Let no one be ashamed of this,—
Or, Peter-like, turn, and say, no;
But as we aim for heav'nly bliss,
We'll in our Master's footsteps go.
5 Now, Lord, we'll wash Thy people's feet,
And here enjoy their fond embrace;
Each with a kiss of friendship greet;
And hope in love to see thy face.
6 And then we'll feast on heav'nly love,
And find our joys to be complete:
Yes, then we'll sing thy praise above,
And bow, with angels, at thy feet,
Source: A Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs; suited to the various kinds of Christian worship; and especially designed for and adapted to the Fraternity of the Brethren... #299