1 Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down!
Fix in us thy humble dwelling:
All thy faithful mercies crown:
Jesus, thou art all compassion,
Pure, unbounded love thou art:
Visit us with thy salvation,
Enter every trembling heart.
2 Breathe, O breathe thy loving spirit
Into every troubled breast;
Let us all in Thee inherit,
Let us find thy promised rest;
Take away our bent to sinning:
Alpha and Omega be.
End the faith, as its beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
3 Come, Almighty, to deliver;
Let us all Thy life receive.
Suddenly return, and never,
Nevermore Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.
4 Finish then thy new creation,
Pure and spotless may we be;
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee:
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place;
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.