“Blest Be the Tie that Binds”


"Blest be the tie that binds Our hearts in Christian love, The fellowship of kindred souls Is like to that above." Believers pray to God and "share each other's woes." They grieve to part "and hope to meet again"


According to Johnson, author John Fawcett was a Methodist-influenced Baptist. He came to be pastor of a congregation at Wainsgate, where he was successful enough that another congregation tried to steal him away with the offer of a better salary. When his own congregation could not match it, he prepared to move. Whereupon the Wainsgate church begged him to stay (and, presumably, anted up). Fawcett wrote this hymn because of the ties that bound him to his church. - RBW

Same tune

  • Blest Be the Tie that Binds (parody) (Pankake-PHCFSB, p. 107; Roud #12809)


  1. ADDITIONAL: Charles Johnson, One Hundred and One Famous Hymns (Hallberg, 1982), pp, 70-71, "Blest Be the Tie that Binds" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. BI, BdBBtttB


Author: Words: John Fawcett (1740-1817) / Music: Hans Georg Naegeli (1773-1836), adapted by Lowell Mason
Keywords: religious nonballad