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The duty first on us enjoined

The duty first on us enjoined

Published in 3 hymnals

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1 The duty first on us enjoin'd,
That is to love the Lord:
With all our hearts, and all our mind,
And all we can afford.

2 The next command is full as great,
To love our neighbours too--
Of like importance, and of weight,
As all the scriptures shew.

3 If we love God with all our heart;
Then sure it must succeed;
We ne'er neglect to act our part,
To those who are in need.

4 All acts of mercy God respects!
Far more than sacrifice;
For such are they which he directs:
And ever highly prize.

5 That soul can never be impress'd,
With love and grace divine;
Who will not feel for the distress'd,
To bear them on their mind.

6 Where words and actions don't agree,
Profession is in vain.
For love to God there cannot be,
Where there is none to men.

7 All such religion is but mock,
A tree without a root:
Where it consists of only talk,
And not of genuine fruit.

Source: Church Hymn Book: consisting of newly composed hymns with the addition of hymns and psalms, from other authors, carefully adapted for the use of public worship, and many other occasions (1st ed.) #CXXII

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