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HYMN 116

375

L. M.

Love to God and our neighbor. Matt. 22:37-40.

Thus saith the first, the great command,

"Let all thy inward powers unite

To love thy Maker and thy God

With utmost vigor and delight.

"Then shall thy neighbor next in place

Share thine affections and esteem,

And let thy kindness to thyself

Measure and rule thy love to him."

This is the sense that Moses spoke,

This did the prophets preach and prove;

For want of this the law is broke,

And the whole law's fulfilled by love.

But O! how base our passions are!

How cold our charity and zeal!

Lord, fill our souls with heav'nly fire,

Or we shall ne'er perform thy will.

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