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Hymns And Spiritual Songs by Isaac Watts

Hymn 1:116. Love to God and our neighbour, Matt. 22. 37-40.

1 Thus saith the first, the great command,
|Let all thy inward powers unite
|To love thy Maker and thy God,
|With utmost vigour and delight.

2 |Then shall thy neighbour next in place
|Share thine affections and esteem,
|And let thy kindness to thyself
|Measure and rule thy love to him.|

3 This is the sense that Moses spoke,
This did the prophets preach and prove,
For want of this the law is broke,
And the whole law's fulfill'd by love.

4 But O! how base our passions are!
How cold our charity and zeal!
Lord, fill our souls with heavenly fire,
Or we shall ne'er perform thy will.

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