Author: Nikolaus Ludwig Graf von Zinzendorf, 1725 (1700-1760) Music Source: Johannes Thommen's Erbaulicher Musicalischer Christen-Schatz, Basel, Switzerland, 1745
Translated: Apostolic Christian Elders, 1921
1. Heart with heart in love untied, Seek upon God’s heart repose. Let your love, to flames ignited, To the Saviour upward flow. He the Head and we His members; He the light and we the glow; He the Master, we His brethren, In true fellowship we grow.
2. Come, ye children of Jehovah, Grace for grace take from above. Follow on in true submission; Keep the pledge of faith and love. Should your love and your affection Threaten to decrease and wane, O implore for God’s correction Till its strength it may regain.
3. May we all so love each other; May our motive be so pure, That each member for his brother Death and torture can endure. So did Jesus love us truly, When He shed for us his blood; You will grieve His heart unduly If you seek your selfish good.
4. Each should stimulate the other, Childlike, tractable and meek, In the steps of Christ to follow, Who in death our life did seek. Let us ever be awakened, All our powers day by day, Willingly to give in service And His kindness to repay.
5. Hallelujah! Oh, what glory! Oh, what depth of love we trace, When we see the heart of Jesus, Who redeemed our guilty race; Now He, King of all the spirits, Is our Father, dear to us Though invisible, our Master Yet is truly near to us.
6. O Thou gracious friend, unite us As Thy consecrated band; And, as was Thy last instruction, May in fervent love we stand! Do Thou join in sacred nearness With Thyself and with Thy fold All who see Thy light and clearness And Thy glory do behold.
7. Thus Thy pray’r to God the Father Its fulfillment shall behold, When all those whom Thou hast chosen In His love He would enfold. As Thou art with them united They also as One should be In true love should serve each other, Finding joy in unity.
8. Prince of peace! O let Thy concord Find in us a welcome warm! Love, O let us ne’er grow weary Thy blest service to perform. Naught can ease our earthly burden And our weariness remove In our warfare ’gainst the evil, As the power of Thy love.
9. Love, since thou hast then commanded That in love we should be rife, O revive each drooping spirit, Bring the dying back to life! Light the flames of love undying That each one may plainly see: We, as of one tribe and family To one Lord devoted be.
10. Let us then be so united As Thou with the Father art, That not one of Thy weak members Here on earth shall stand apart. From the flames of Thy own burning May our light partake its glow; And that we are Thy disciples All the world may surely know.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!