Love Divine, all love excelling

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Love Divine, all love excelling,
  Joy of heav’n, to earth come down;
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling,
  All Thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, Thou art all compassion;
  Pure, unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation,
  Enter every trembling heart.
2
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit
  Into every troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit,
  Let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning;
  Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its beginning,
  Set our hearts at liberty.
3
Come, Almighty, to deliver,
  Let us all Thy life receive;
May Thy presence e’er be with us,
  Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
  Serve Thee as Thou wouldst approve,
Pray, and praise Thee without ceasing,
  Glory in Thy perfect love.
4
Finish, then, Thy new creation;
  Pure and spotless let us be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
  Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory
  Till with Thee we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
  Lost in wonder, love and praise.
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Steve Miller

Livonia, MI, United States

For most of his life Charles Wesley was a traveling preacher - traveling on horseback. In his pocket he carried little cards on which he scribbled hymns in shorthand as he rode.

When a horse threw him, he wrote in his journal: "My companion thought I had broken my neck; but my leg only was bruised, my hand sprained, and my head stunned, which spoiled my making hymns till the next day."

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The original 1st line of stanza 1 says "all loves excelling".

The original 3rd and 4th lines of stanza 2 say:

"Let us find that second rest.

Take away our bent to sinning;"

I prefer "promised" rest to "second" rest because it is more biblical, but greatly prefer "bent to sinning" over "love of sinning". As Christians we should no longer love sinning, but we still have an inclination to sin, which we hate.

The original 3rd & 6th lines of the 3rd stanza say:

"Suddenly return and never,

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Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,"


Kathy Schenk

Memphis, TN, United States

The words, "Jesus, Thou art all compassion, pure, unbounded Love Thou art, come to mind often when He overwhelms me with His goodness and mercy!


isaiah paul olayo

Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines

That I am perfected by any training.