Blest be the tie that binds


Blest be the tie that binds
our hearts in Jesus' love;
the fellowship of Christian minds
is like that to that above.

Before our Father's throne
we pour united1 prayers;
our fears, our hopes, our aims are one
our comforts and our cares.

We share our mutual2 woes,
our mutual burdens bear;
and often for each other flows
the sympathizing tear.

When for a while we part,
this thought will soothe our pain;
that we shall still be joined in heart,
and one day meet again.3

One glorious hope revives
our courage by the way;
while each in expectation lives,
and longs to see the day.4

When from all toil and pain,5
and sin we shall be free,
and perfect love and friendship reign
through all eternity.

1some have "our ardent" or "our fervent"; 2some have "each other's" in this and the next line
3The American hymnals have the fourth verse as follows:
  When we at death must part,
  not like the world's, our pain;
  but one in Chirst, and one in heart,
  we part to meet again.
4omitted in the American hymnals
5 The American hymnals say: "From sorrow, toil, and pain,"


Words: John Fawcett (1740-1817), 1782

Music: Boylston (Lowell Mason, 1792-1872)

Meter: SM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874      
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868       
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869      
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 315 Boylston  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 315 Boylston  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 315 Boylston  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 315 Boylston  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924      
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885      
The Hymnal Companion, 1890      
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 672 Boylston, Dennis  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 672 Boylston  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 672 Boylston, St. George  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 672 Boylston, Welton  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 672 Boylston  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 672 Albridge, Boylston, Vox Jesu  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
     
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904      
The English Hymnal, 1906      
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 409 Boylston, Dennis, Franconia  
The Hymnal 1916 489 Boylston  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919      
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
498 Boylston  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925      
Songs of Praise, 1925      
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931      
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 555 Bellwoods, Dennis  
The Hymnal 1940 495 Boylston, Dennis  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950      
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960      
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965      
The Hymn Book 1971      
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977      
The Hymnal 1982      
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983      
The New English Hymnal, 1985      
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988      
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996      
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 507 Dennis  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999      
Sing Glory, 1999      
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 060 Dennis  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000      
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000      
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000      

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