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Love divine, all loves excelling,

To—Jesus, shew us thy salvation.

Poet: Charles Wesley, 1747
Meter: 8s,7s Double (8,7,8,7,8,7,8,7)
Location in The Sacred Harp
Stanza Denson Cooper
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.

Love Divine 30t
Breathe, O breathe thy loving Spirit,
Into ev’ry troubled breast,
Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us find that second rest:
Take away our power of sinning,
Alpha and Omega be,
End of faith as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all thy life 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 sinless let us be,
Let us see thy great salvation,
Perfectly restor’d in Thee:
Chang’d from glory into glory,
’Till in heaven we take our place,
’Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise!

Wesley, Charles. Hymns for Those That Seek and Those That Have Redemption in the Blood of Jesus Christ. 10th London: New Chapel, 1788.