Against Divisions in the Church
Words: Based on Isaac Watts,
1 Let dogs delight to bark and bite, For God hath made them so: Let bears and lions growl and fight, For 'tis their nature, too. But, leaders, you should never let Such angry passions rise: Your noble hands were never made To tear each other's eyes.
2 The devil tempts one mother's son To rage against another: So wicked Cain was hurried on, till he had killed his brother. The wise will let their anger cool, At least before 'tis night; But in the bosom of a fool It burns till morning light.
3 Let love through all your actions run, And all your words be mild: Live like the blessed Virgin's Son, That sweet and lovely child. His soul was gentle as a lamb; And as his stature grew, He grew in favor both with man, And God his Father too.
4 Now, Lord of all, he reigns above; And from his heavenly throne He sees which leaders dwell in love, And marks them for his own. Pardon, O Lord, their childish rage, Their little brawls remove, That, as they grow to riper age, Their hearts may all be love!