Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Hymn of Christian Relationship

"Blest Be the Tie that Binds" was written by John Fawcett, composed by Hans G. Naegeli, to the tune, "Dennis."

The sacred song, "Blest Be the Tie That Binds" and “God Be with You Until We Meet Again" are most use­ful fare­well hymns especially among Christians.  The hymn was written by John Fawcett, 1740, composed by Hans G. Naegeli. It was arranged by Lowell Mason in 1845 to the tune name "Dennis."

Dr. John Faw­cett was the pas­tor of a small church at Wains­gate, who was called to work for a larg­er church in Lon­don in 1772. He ac­cept­ed the offer and preached his supposed last fare­well ser­mon. The wa­gons were load­ed with his books and fur­ni­ture, and all was rea­dy for the de­part­ure, when his pa­rish­ion­ers gath­ered around him, and with tears in their eyes begged of him to stay.

Finally, his wife said, “Oh John, John, I can­not bear this.” “Neither can I,” ex­claimed the good pas­tor, “and we will not go. Un­load the wa­gons and put ev­ery­thing as it was be­fore.” His de­ci­sion was hailed with great joy by his peo­ple, and he wrote the words of this hymn in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the event. This song has become of of the most used farewell hymns to this day.

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Blest Be the tie That Binds. Youtube, uploaded by drolas94. Accessed January 2, 2012.

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