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.
Quincey Jean Cunningham

Alexandria, Virginia, United States

I had written part of this lovely hymn down, started singing it and looked up this hymn. Lo and behold, I saw all of these wonderful comments! I grew up in near Raleigh, went to school in Raleigh and our church in Knightdale, N. C, sang this song.

Beautiful Hymn!

Gideon Mensah Kusi

Dormaa Ahenkro, Dormaa, Ghana

This song bring much inspirations to me. whenever I sing along with a piano I feel liberated. Am humbled by this masterpiece.

Ruth Edwards

Raleigh, NC, United States

My father's family has in the past had family reunions and now that he and his eleven siblings have passed. It is up to my generation to make plans for our family's next reunion... I thought of this song and I have changed a few words of which I will share. I thought it would be appropriate for the family to read it together as our blessing:

Bless be the tie that that binds our hearts in FAMILY 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 have 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 one day we will meet again.

From sorrow, toil, and pain, and sin we shall be free;

And perfect love and oneness reign through all eternity.

Lord bless the FOOD before us and our bodies to your service,

Bless the FAMILY beside us, and the LOVE between us.

May it be your will, LORD, that we will be together again.

In JESUS name we pray, Amen

Dorothy Valcarcel

Cottonwood, AZ, United States

43 years ago when my husband and I got married we didn’t have a large budget for our wedding so instead of paying a soloist for special music we decided to have the 200 wedding guests at the end of the service sing this lovely hymn together with us. I always feel the joy of that wonderful day when I hear this song again. And so many of our friends said they remember our wedding because of this hymn.

Pam Newlyn

Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom

This used to be a favourite, amongst many hymn many years ago when I was part of the Baptist Community. Many years on, it is not a hymn that we sing , but I suddenly started singing it to myself the other day and wanted to refresh the words in my memory.

Karen Weaver

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

I woke up this morning singing this powerful song. The last time I sang it was over 60 years ago at our pastor's farewell service! Today as my husband and I wait on the Lord for our next assignment my heart is encouraged by these words and the story behind them!!


Great song!


Phila, PA, United States

Thank you for this beautiful hymn...


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!"