O blessed Savior, is Thy love

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O blessed Savior, is Thy love
  So great! so full! so free!
Fain would we have our thoughts, our hearts,
  Our lives, engaged with Thee.
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We love Thee for the glorious worth
  Which in Thyself we see;
We love Thee for that shameful cross,
  Endured so patiently.
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No man of greater love can boast
  Than for his friend to die;
Thou for Thine enemies wast slain!
  What love with Thine can vie?
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Though in the very form of God,
  With heav’nly glory crowned,
Thou didst a servant’s form assume,
  Beset with sorrow round.
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Thou wouldst like wretched man be made
  In everything but sin,
That we as like Thee might become
  As we unlike had been:
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Like Thee in strength, in meekness, love,
  In life in ev’ry phase;
From glory into glory changed,
  Till we behold Thy face.
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O Lord, we treasure in our hearts
  The mem’ry of Thy love;
And ever shall Thy name to us
  A grateful odor prove.
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Ana Lara

United States

Joseph Stennett, this “earliest of English writers” was born at Abingdon, Berks. , England, in 1663. He received a superior education at the Grammar School of Wallingford, and at age 22 moved to London. In 1688 Joseph married Susanna, the daughter of George Guill, a French Protestant refugee. The next year he became identified with the “Seventh Day Baptists” at Devonshire Square, London.

Someone said of Mr. Stennett “It is difficult to keep the genealogy of this Stennett family perfectly clear, especially as more than one wrote hymns and handed them down for singing among people who took very little trouble to keep literary titles distinct. ”

The beginning of the line was Edward Stennett, (1627-1705) whose son Joseph was born in 1663. Edward was a dissenting minister and suffered persecution. His son Joseph, was a minister of the gospel and his son Joseph, whom he named after himself, was born in 1692. Joseph the Second was zealous from the time he was very young. He had a son named Samuel at Exeter, England in 1727. Samuel assisted his father in a Baptist chapel at Little Wild Street, London. Later he took over the work completely for 37 years.

Joseph Stennett died July 11, 1713. Among his last words recorded were: “I rejoice in the God of my salvation. Who is my strength and God! ”

It is also said of the Stennett generations, “Though grace does not run like blood in the veins, from one generation to another, yet the virtue of the prayers, and Godly example of Christians, does often descend through the hearts of their children through succeeding ages. ” This is exemplified in the Stennett family line.