Hymn Love Divine All Love Excelling
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Love Divine All Love Excelling
Words by Charles Wesley (1707-88)
This hymn is about celebration and praise, making it suitable as the first hymn sung at the beginning of the service, which is in praise of God in whose presence everyone has assembled. It is also suitable as the second hymn sung after the marriage ceremony in praise and celebration of the union, and as the third hymn sung after the signing of the register, which usually speaks of the desire that God goes with you into the future to help you live our you vows.
Love Divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven, to earth come down,
Fix in us thy humble dwelling,
All thy faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, 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!
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