I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.@1 Corinthians 2:2
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Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

Charles Wes­ley, Hymns and Sac­red Po­ems (Bris­tol, Eng­land: Fe­lix Farl­ey, print­er, 1742), pag­es 159–60.

Ev­an Will­iam H. Ha­ver­gal, 1847. Ar­ranged by Lo­well Ma­son in New Car­mi­na Sac­ra (Bos­ton, Mas­sa­chu­setts: Wil­kins, Car­ter & Com­pa­ny, 1850) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lowell Mason (1792–1872)

John B. Gough, the great tem­per­ance lec­tur­er, gives an in­ter­est­ing ac­count in his Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy of the sing­ing of this hymn when as a boy he left home in June, 1839.

While the ship on which he was to sail was be­calmed and tar­ried at Sandgate­, his fa­ther and oth­er loved ones came on board. When the vis­it­ors were about to leave for the shore, they formed their boats in a sem­i­cir­cle around the ship, and all stood up and with blend­ed voices sang their af­fec­tion­ate fare­well in the words of this hymn.

As the mu­sic float­ed ov­er the calm wa­ters in the weird twi­light of the dy­ing day, it left an im­pres­sion ne­ver to be for­got­ten by any of those who wit­nessed the beau­ti­ful leave tak­ing.

Nutter, p. 124

Blest be the dear uniting love,
That will not let us part:
Our bodies may far off remove,
We still are joined in heart.

Joined in one spirit to our Head,
Where He appoints we go,
And still in Jesus’ footsteps tread,
And do His work; below.

O let us ever walk in Him,
And nothing know beside;
Nothing desire, nothing esteem,
But Jesus crucified.

Closer, and closer let us cleave
To His beloved embrace;
Expect His fullness to receive,
And grace to answer grace.

While thus we walk with Christ in light
Who shall our souls disjoin,
Souls, which Himself vouchsafes t’unite
In fellowship divine!

We all are one who Him receive,
And each with each agree,
In Him the One, the Truth, we live,
Blest point of unity!

Partakers of the Savior’s grace,
The same in mind and heart,
Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place,
Nor life, nor death can part.

But let us hasten to the day
Which shall our flesh restore,
When death shall all be done away,
And bodies part no more!