Scripture Verse

That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us. John 17:21

Introduction

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Thomas Baldwin
1753–1825

Words: Tho­mas Bald­win, in A Col­lec­tion of Hymns, Se­lect­ed from Sun­dry Po­ets, ed­it­ed by Ed­ward Clark Saun­ders (Wind­ham, Con­nec­ti­cut: John Byrne, 1791).

Music: Un­ion (Bill­ings) Will­iam Bill­ings, 1788 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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William Billings
1746–1800

Lyrics

From whence doth this union arise,
That hatred is conquered by love?
It fastens our souls with such ties,
That distance and time can’t remove.

It cannot in Eden be found,
Nor yet in paradise lost;
It grows on Immanuel’s ground,
And Je­sus’ dear blood it did cost.

My friends now so dear unto me,
Our souls are united in love:
Where Je­sus is gone we shall be,
In yonder blest mansions above.

Then why so unwilling to part,
Since there we shall meet again?
Engraved on Immanuel’s heart,
At distance we cannot remain.

With Je­sus we ever shall reign,
And all His bright glo­ry shall see,
And sing hallelujah, Amen,
Amen, even so let it be!