Hymns about love

A new commandment

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A new commandment

This hymn is not found in the Common Praise Hymnal.

A new commandment
I give unto you
That you love one another
  As I have loved you,
That you love one another
  As I have loved you.
    By this shall all men
    Know you are My disciples
    If you have love one to another.
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Come down, O Love divine

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Come down, O Love divine

Common Praise No. 175

    Come down, O love divine,
    seek thou this soul of mine,
And visit it with thine own ardor glowing.
    O Comforter, draw near,
    within my heart appear,
And kindle it, Thy holy flame bestowing.

    O let it freely burn,
    till earthly passions turn
To dust and ashes in its heat consuming;
    And let Thy glorious light
    shine ever on my sight,
And clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

    Let holy charity
    mine outward vesture be,
And lowliness become mine inner clothing;
    True lowliness of heart,
    which takes the humbler part,
And o’er its own shortcomings weeps with loathing.

    And so the yearning strong,
    with which the soul will long,
Shall far outpass the power of human telling;
    For none can guess its grace,
    till he become the place
Wherein the Holy Spirit makes a dwelling.

Words from the Italian of Bi­an­co of Si­e­na (?-1434) (Di­scen­di, Amor san­to)
Tune Down Ampney
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God is love

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God is love

Common Praise No. 442

(t.Blaenwern)

1
God is Love: let heav'n adore him;
     God is Love: let earth rejoice;
let creation sing before him,
     and exalt him with one voice.
He who laid the earth's foundation,
     he who spread the heav'ns above,
he who breathes through all creation,
     he is Love, eternal Love.

2
God is Love: and he enfoldeth
     all the world in one embrace;
with unfailing grasp he holdeth
     every child of every race.
And when human hearts are breaking
     under sorrow's iron rod,
then they find that selfsame aching
     deep within the heart of God.

3
God is Love: and though with blindness
     sin afflicts the souls of all,
God's eternal loving-kindness
     holds and guides us when we fall.
Sin and death and hell shall never
     o'er us final triumph gain;
God is Love, so Love for ever
     o'er the universe must reign.

Author: Timothy Rees (1874-1939) altered

(Can also be sung to the tunes Alleluia, or Hyfrodol)

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Let Love Be Real (to follow)

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Love divine, all loves excelling

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Love divine, all loves excelling

Common Praise No. 516

(t. Love Divine)

Love divine, all loves excelling,
     joy of heaven, to earth come down,
fix in us thy humble dwelling,
     all thy faithful mercies crown.

Jesu, thou art all compassion,
     pure unbounded love thou art;
visit us with thy salvation,
     enter every trembling heart.

Come, almighty to deliver,
     let us all thy grace receive;
suddenly return, and never,
     never more thy temples leave.

Thee we would be always blessing,
     serve thee as thy hosts above;
pray, and praise thee, without ceasing,
     glory in thy perfect love.

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 in heaven we take our place,
till we cast our crowns before thee,
     lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Words by Charles Wesley (1707-1788), altered
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These words are sung to two other tunes (N.B. if either of the following tunes are used, the words should be printed in 3 verses of 8 lines each.
Hyfrydol
Blaenwern

Love is his word, Love is his way

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Love is his word, love is his way

This hymn is not found in Common Praise.

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Love is his word, love is his way,
feasting with men, fasting alone,
living and dying, rising again,
love, only love, is his way.

Richer than gold is the love of my Lord,
Better than splendour or wealth.

2
Love is his way, love is his mark,
sharing his last Passover feast,
Christ at the table, host to the twelve,
love, only love, is his mark.

Richer than gold is the love of my Lord,
Better than splendour or wealth.

3
Love is his mark, love is his sign,
bread for our strength, wine for our joy,
‘This is my body, this is my blood.’
Love, only love, is his sign.

Richer than gold is the love of my Lord,
Better than splendour or wealth.

4

Love is his sign, love is his law,
Hear his command, all who are his:
‘Love one another, I have loved you.’
Love, only love, is his law.

Richer than gold is the love of my Lord,
Better than splendour or wealth.

Text:
Luke Connaughton (1919-1979)
Tune Cresswell by Anthony Milner
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O Perfect Love(t. Londonderry Air: same tune as Danny Boy)

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O Perfect Love(t. Londonderry Air: same tune as Danny Boy)

Common Praise No. 343
O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.
O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance,
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.
Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;
grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.
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O Perfect Love (t.  Londonderry Air) - RECORDING TO FOLLOW
There is a more traditional tune for these words, called "O Perfect Love":–