1 The greatest thing on earth below
Is love to God and men;
When heart and soul shall overflow,
The hand is ready then;
The greatest thing in heav’n is love;
It drew salvation’s plan;
The Saviour left the realms above,
To die for ruined man.
Oh, love of God so soundless!
Oh, love of man to man!
It brings the world of glory nigh,
And seals redemption’s plan.
2 What earthly pow’r can e’er bestow
This love for God and men?
One way, and only one, we know—
“Ye must be born again;”
Be born of God; be born of love;
Around this second birth,
Revolve our hopes of life above,
Of service here on earth. [Refrain]
3 When love to God and love to man
The heart can truly feel,
It moves in haste at God’s command,
With ardent love and zeal;
Oh, source of love! with solemn awe
Our hearts to Thee we bring;
Love only will fulfill the law,
And love will crown the King. [Refrain]