LORD of Love, we know full surely
Thou art with us here today,
May we love and worship purely.
Lest Thy Presence pass away;
Ever shall we dwell securely
If Thou deign with us to stay.
By Thine inward consecration
Make our hearts Thy Temple true;
Let Thy bright illumination
Search our spirits through and through;
So shall we, Thy new creation.
Strive to pay Thee worship due.
Help our struggling will’s endeavour,
Ruling word and deed and thought;
Govern, lift us up for ever,
By Thy Life with ours inwrought;
Holy Master, leave us never;
Lacking Thee, our life is naught.
Thou within us, sanctifying,
Steadfast may we still remain^
Follow Thee in self-denying,
Counting worldly loss as gain;
Day by day to evil dying,
That Thy Life in us may reign.
Thine be all our heart’s affection,
Thine our inmost mind and will;
Thus, with sacred recollection
In Thy Courts abide we still,
Safe in Thy most sure protection,
Dwelling on Thy holy hill. Amen.
Words: Rev. George H. Bourne, 19th Century
Tune: “St. Bede” Philip Armes, 1875.