The fourth Sunday after Easter.
O God, to Thee our hearts we lift
to fill them with Thy love;
our every good and perfect gift
descendeth from above.
Thou only orderest the will
of every human mind;
Thou only canst the passions still,
and the affections bind.
Thou only canst Thy people draw,
to follow, to obey,
to love the strictness of Thy law,
to seek the perfect way.
Thou only kindlest in the heart
the flame of sacred fire
that burns salvation to impart,
with vehement desire.
O grant to us, thy people here,
our earnest love to prove;
our hearts Thy promised kingdom cheer,
and our affections move:
Thus faith, with ever-strength’ning wing,
shall urge her upward flight;
and love await her God and King,
her everlasting light!
|Text||attr. Eliza Humphreys|
Kathryn Rose (b. 1980), CC-BY-SA;
ad. A. Coles
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.