God is Love

God is Love! sweet bells are ringing;
God is Love! Heaven's choir is singing;
Flowers of earth on hill and plain
Echo back the sweet refrain,
"God is Love."

God is Love! To mortal seeming
"God is Love" is idle dreaming;
Sin and sorrow, woe and pain,
Dull the song and mar the strain,—
"God is Love."

But when Love the Truth is voicing
In our lives with glad rejoicing,
When its power has snapped sin's chain,
Made the sick ones whole again,—
"God is Love."

When we see the dream of error,
Shorn of all its darkling terror,
Vanish at the dawn of day,
Fade in Truth's illuming ray,—
"God is Love."

When the broken heart is sobbing,
Panting, palpitating, throbbing;
Longing for a swift release,
Yearning for an inward peace,—
"God is Love."

When the happy tears of gladness
Wash away all mortal sadness;
When the heart goes out to God,
Melting 'neath His chastening rod,—
"God is Love."

Then for us sweet bells are ringing;
Then for us Heaven's choir is singing;
And our hearts catch up the strain,
Dwelling on the sweet refrain,—
"God is Love."

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