Christ My Song - 540
Seamless and fair - Let us not rend it
(Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Let us not rend it.
1. Seamless and fair!
let us not rend thy perfect raiment, Lord!
but ever keep it whole throughout,
maintaining in thy Church a blest accord.
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2. Let all be one!
one Church, one faith, one love, one hope, one joy;
one Bridegroom, and one holy Bride:
this unity divine let none destroy.
3. One temple vast!
builded of living stones by thine own hand;
one household, and one brotherhood,
knit all together by love's perfect band.
4. Let truth prevail!
truth ever true, not shifting with the wind.
We walk in light, as sons of noon,
the shadows that divide us left behind.
5. Let love prevail!
love, the most excellent of gifts divine;
the love that seeketh not her own,
long-suffering love, all-patient, Lord, like thine.
6. Let love prevail!
the love that envies not, that thinks no ill,
that faileth not, but ever lives,
all things believing, hoping, bearing still.
7. So be it, Lord!
even here on earth, where all things broken lie;
so shall it be in love's own day,
in love's own kingdom everlastingly.
Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope III, 1878, 104-105.