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Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sunday's Hymn: Blest be the Tie that Binds

Blest be the tie that binds
Our hearts in Christian love:
The fellowship of kindred minds
Is like to that above.

Before our Father's throne
We pour our ardent prayers;
Our fears, our hopes, our aims, are one,
Our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual woes,
Our mutual burdens bear,
And often for each other flows
The sympathizing tear.

When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

This glorious hope revives
Our courage by the way,
While each in expectation lives,
And longs to see the day.

From sorrow, toil and pain,
And sin, we shall be free;
And perfect love and friendship reign
Through all eternity.

John Fawcett, 1782
Tune: Dennis, Arr. from Hans G. Nageli by Lowell Mason, 1845


Willow said...

I grew up singing the first four verses at the end of communion, but I have never seen the last two stansas.

ellen b. said...

There really is nothing like good Christian fellowship! Blessings on your week Dorothy!

AuntE said...

I like this hymn but hardly ever hear it anymore. I blogged once about my memory of singing this hymn.

(Sorry, I don't know how to link it up...!)