The Universal Bond of Love

The glorious universe around

Author: James Montgomery
Tune: NATIVITY (Lahee)
Published in 65 hymnals

Representative Text

1 The glorious universe around,
The heavens with all their train,
Sun, moon, and stars, are firmly bound
In one mysterious chain.

2 The earth, the ocean, and the sky
To form one world agree;
Where all that walk, or swim or fly,
Compose one family.

3 God in creation thus displays
His wisdom and his might,
While all his works with all his ways
Harmoniously unite.

4 In one fraternal bond of love,
One fellowship of mind,
The saints below and saints above
Their bliss and glory find.

5 Here, in their house of pilgrimage,
Thy statutes are their song;
There, through one bright, eternal age,
Thy praises they prolong.

6 Lord, may our union form a part
Of that thrice happy whole;
Derive its pulse from thee, the heart,
Its life from thee, the soul.

Source: The Voice of Praise: a collection of hymns for the use of the Methodist Church #513

Author: James Montgomery

James Montgomery (b. Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1771; d. Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, 1854), the son of Moravian parents who died on a West Indies mission field while he was in boarding school, Montgomery inherited a strong religious bent, a passion for missions, and an independent mind. He was editor of the Sheffield Iris (1796-1827), a newspaper that sometimes espoused radical causes. Montgomery was imprisoned briefly when he printed a song that celebrated the fall of the Bastille and again when he described a riot in Sheffield that reflected unfavorably on a military commander. He also protested against slavery, the lot of boy chimney sweeps, and lotteries. Associated with Christians of various persuasions, Montgomery supported missio… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: The glorious universe around
Title: The Universal Bond of Love
Author: James Montgomery
Meter: 8.6.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

The glorious universe around. J. Montgomery. [Communion of Saints.] This hymn appeared in the Leeds Selection of Hymns, Compiled and Original, &c, by E. Parsons and others, 1822, No. 829, in 5 stanzas of 4 lines. In Montgomery's Christian Psalmist, 1825, No. 476, it was given with a slight revision and the addition of the stanza "The earth, the ocean, and the sky" as stanzas ii. in its revised form of 6 stanzas. The same text was repeated in his Original Hymns, 1853. In Spurgeon's Our Own Hymn Book, 1866, stanzas iv.-vi. of the 1825 text are given as "In one fraternal bond of love."

-- John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Tune

NATIVITY (Lahee)

Henry Lahee (b. Chelsea, London, England, 1826; d. Croydon, London, 1912) composed NATIVITY, which was first published in 1855 and set to a nativity hymn (thus the tune's title), "High let us swell our tuneful notes," by Philip Doddridge (PsH 335). Because NATIVITY was published with Isaac Watts' (P…

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (15th ed.) #585

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A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion. (10th ed.) #585

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A Collection of Hymns and a Liturgy #650

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A Collection of Hymns for the use of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in America #691

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (10th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (6th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (3rd ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. (45th ed.) #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship. 16th ed. #317

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A Collection of Psalms and Hymns for the Sanctuary #342

Christian Psalms and Hymns to Aid in Public and Private Devotion #d846

Church Melodies, a Collection of Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs #d966

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Church Psalmody #379

Family Singing Book. Rev ed. with Supplement #d256

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship #470

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Hymn Book for Christian Worship. 8th ed. #a470

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Hymn Book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (2nd ed.) #435

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Hymn book of the Methodist Protestant Church. (4th ed.) #435

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Hymn-Book of the Evangelical Association #628

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Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #675

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #788

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Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church #788

Hymns for Children and Young Persons #d388

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #394

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Hymns for Christian Devotion #394

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Hymns for Public Worship #423

Hymns for Social Worship and Private Devotion #d146

Hymns for the Use of the Brethren in Christ #d454

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Hymns for the Use of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Rev. ed. #691

Hymns of Progress #d167

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New Hymn and Tune book #93b

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New Hymn and Tune Book #93b

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Offices of Worship and Hymns #147

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Plymouth Collection #a708

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #708

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Sacred Poems and Hymns #7

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Sacred Poetry #218

Selected Hymns #d85

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Song-Hymnal of Praise and Joy, a selection of spiritual songs, old and new #376

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Songs for Social and Public Worship #474

The American Hymn and Tune Book #d733

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #708

The Chapel Hymn Book (4th ed.) #d328

The Chapel Hymn Book. 5th ed. #d323

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The Christian Psalmist #403

The Christian's Pocket Companion #d47

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The Clifton Chapel Collection of "Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs" #876

The Evangelical Hymn and Tune Book #d690

The Gospel Hymnal #d576

The Halifax Selection of Hymns #d385

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The Heart and Voice #127a

The Southern Psalmist #d780

The Southern Psalmist. New ed. #d819

The Spirit Minstrel. 2nd ed. #d77

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The Tribute of praise and Methodist Protestant Hymn Book. #217

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The Tribute of Praise #217

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The Tribute of Praise #217

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The Voice of Praise #513

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The Woman's Hymnal #8

Unitarian Service Book, and Hymns for Church and Home. Abridged ed. #d407

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