694. Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower

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1 Thee will I love, my strength, my tower;
Thee will I love, my hope, my joy.
Thee will I love with all my power,
With ardor time shall ne'er destroy.
Thee will I love, O Light Divine,
So long as life is mine.

2 Thee will I love, my life, my Savior,
Who art my best and truest friend.
Thee will I love and praise forever,
For never shall Thy kindness end.
Thee will I love with all my heart--
Thou my Redeemer art!

3 I thank Thee, Jesus, Sun from heaven,
Whose radiance hath brought light to me;
I thank Thee, who hast richly given
All that could make me glad and free;
I thank Thee that my soul is healed
By what Thy lips revealed.

4 O keep me watchful, then, and humble;
Permit me nevermore to stray.
Uphold me when my feet would stumble,
And keep me on the narrow way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O Radiance strong and bright!

5 Thee will I love, my crown of gladness,
Thee will I love, my God and Lord,
Amid the darkest depths of sadness,
And not for hope of high reward,
For Thine own sake, O Light divine,
So long as life is mine.

Text Information
First Line: Thee will I love, my strength, my tower
Title: Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower
Author: Johann Scheffler, 1624-77
Translator: Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78
Publication Date: 2006
Meter: 98 98 86
Scripture: John 14:23; 1 John 4:19; John 8:12
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ICH WILL DICH LIEBEN
Meter: 98 98 86
Key: D Major
Source: Harmonischer Lieder-Schatz, Frankfurt, 1738; Christian Worship, 1993 (Setting)



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