The law of love in every heart is needed
and love of neighbour should direct our way.
Love is the gift for which the saints have pleaded,
so they could walk the path of peace each day.
The law of Christ is to love our neighbour,
with the same love that we have for ourselves.
Not just to love the ones who show us favour
but also those who cannot help themselves.
The law of life compels us to live simply
so that the poorest people simply live.*
Treat every life with care as for the holy;
let justice reign so that the earth will thrive.
* from a Christian Aid slogan ‘Live simply that others might simply live.’
The meter is 126.96.36.199 and the hymn can be sung to the tune ‘Lord of the years’