Blest be the tie that binds

Blest be the tie that binds
  Our hearts in Christian love;
The fellowship our spirit finds
  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.
From sorrow, toil, and pain,
  And sin we shall be free;
And perfect love and oneness reign
  Through all eternity.
Ana Lara

United States

John Fawcett was born of poor parents in Lidget Green, Yorkshire, England, in 1740. He was converted to Christ at the age of 16 through the ministry of George Whitfield. At age 26 he was ordained a Baptist minister. He accepted a call to pastor a small and impoverished congregation at Wainsgate in Northern England. After a few years with a meager salary and a growing family he accepted a post in Lane Baptist Church in London to succeed Mr. Gill the well known pastor of that church.

When the day of their departure arrived, the parishioners gathered around the wagons with saddened faces to bid their pastor and his family farewell. Suddenly, Mrs. Fawcett broke down and said, “ John, I cannot bear to leave. I know not how to go! ” “Nor can I either, ” replied John who had also felt apprehensive to leave. The order soon was given to unpack the wagons.

After this time John gave a sermon in which he shared this hymn with his congregation. This poem was first printed in 1782 under the title “ Brotherly Love, ” in a collection containing 166 of his poems.

Fawcett continued his faithful ministry to this humble congregation for more than 50 years. He became a well- known and outstanding preacher and scholar. In 1777 he opened up a school for young preachers. In 1793 he was invited to become a principal of the Baptist Academy at Bristol, England, but he declined the offer. He wrote a number of books on various aspects of practical Christianity some of which had a large circulation. In recognition of his ministry and accomplishments, Brown University in the United States bestowed upon him the Doctor of Divinity in 1811. John Fawcett remained with his beloved parishioners until a paralytic stroke caused his death on July 25, 1817.

The composer of the music for this hymn, Hans G. Naegeli was born on May 26, 1773, near Zurich, Switzerland. He was a music publisher and president of the Swiss Association for the Cultivation of Music. He was known for a pioneer in the field of music education. His teaching methods had much influence on Lowell Mason called the father of public school and church music in his United States. The tune “ Dennis, ” originated in Switzerland and was later purchased by Lowell Mason while he was traveling and studying in Europe in 1837. The music first appeared in ‘The Psaltery’ edited in 1845 by Mason and George J. Webb, with the notation, “ arranged from H. G. Naegeli. ”


My sister sang - or more accurately, tried to sing - this song at our father's Feb 2016 funeral service, and repeated it a the graveside service. So when she died in March 2018, I looked up the song, and then understood why it was important for her who had lover our father dearly!

"Blest be the tie that binds

Our hearts...

When we asunder part,

It gives us inward pain;

But we shall still be joined in heart,

And hope to meet again!"



This is such a blessed hymn. It makes me feel so uplifted, Thank You Lord for inspiring the writing of this song.

Steve Miller

Detroit, Michigan, United States

addendum to my 8/14/2013 post:

The church that he was supposed to be promoted to was one of the most influential of his time. John Gill (author of NT and OT Exposition still much in use today) had been the pastor there for 51 years. That church later became Metropolitan Tabernacle pastored by Charles Spurgeon.

John Fawcett continued his faithful ministry to the humble people at Wainsgate until a paralytic stroke caused his death in 1817 at the age of 77. His salary was estimated at never more than $200/year, in spite of his growing reputation as an outstanding evangelical preacher and scholar.

In recognition of his ministry and many accomplishments, including the establishment of a school for the training of nonconformist men for the ministry, Brown University in America conferred the Doctor of Divinity degree upon him in 1811. On another occasion, the King of England is said to have offered John Fawcett any gift he might desire. He replied, "I have the love of my people - I need nothing more that even a king could provide."

John Fawcett's life is a model of a spiritual leader who sacrificed ambition and personal gain for Christian devotion to God and His people. - '52 Hymn Stories Dramatized' by Kenneth W. Osbeck

Dcns Mary Yarhere

Lagos, Ikeja, Nigeria

A spiritual classic hymn that shows how the Word and God's love binds us together. Just finished my early morning devotion and this wonderful hymn just spontaneously popped out of my heart. Gracious Jesus thank You so much.


This is so beautiful, this hymn just came to mind as I worshiping the Lord, I had to look it up and sing it, these old hymns are so up lifting, God Bless.

Emeka Martins Ezenibe

Lagos, Nigeria

This song makes tears roll down my cheeks anytime I sing it. It's very heart touching and shows that humility, love and absolute trust in God are the most important things required to inspire any human. Thank You LORD for giving him the inspiration to write this song. It's a huge blessing to me.


Orlando, FL, United States

This song melts me every time I sing it. Beautiful and powerful words. Yes it humbles me, makes me feel loved and closer to God and my church family. Thank You Heavenly Father.

Akosua Ahwenepa-Pokuah

Yonkers, New York, United States

This is an inspirational hymn, it always makes me humble myself in the Lord and also encourages me to love mankind more and more. I thank Jehovah God for blessed me to have a serious relationship with His only begotten son Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

Orphaned when he was 12, then forced to work 14 hrs/day in a sweatshop, John Fawcett learned to read by candlelight. He was converted at 16 under the preaching of George Whitefield, and he was ordained a Baptist minister at the age of 25. He began his ministry at a poor church in Wainsgate in northern England. The small congregation could only afford to pay him a minimal salary, partly in potatoes and wool.

After 7 years of ministry, Fawcett received a call to the prestigious Carter's Lane Church in London. But as he was saying his farewells [with all his family's belongings already on the wagon] and saw the tears on the faces of his people, he changed his mind and decided to stay.

Not long afterward, he wrote this hymn for the congregation at Wainsgate. He recognized that the bond of love he knew there was worth more than any material wealth. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton


The 3rd line of the 1st stanza originally says:

The fellowship of kindred minds

Another version of the 1st line of the 3rd stanza says:

We share each other's woes,

There is an additional stanza before the last stanza:

This glorious hope revives

Our courage by the way;

While each in expectation lives,

And longs to see the day.