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502. Thee Will I Love, My Strength

1 Thee will I love, my strength, my tow'r;
Thee will I love, my joy, my crown!
Thee will I love with all my pow'r,
In all thy works, and thee alone;
Thee will I love, till the pure fire
Fills all my soul with chaste desire.

2 I thank thee, uncreated sun,
That thy bright beams on me have shined;
I thank thee, who hast overthrown
My foes and healed my wounded mind;
I thank thee, whose enliv'ning voice
Bids my freed heart in thee rejoice.

3 Uphold me in the doubtful race,
Nor suffer me again to stray;
Strengthen my feet with steady pace
Still to press forward in thy way,
That all my pow'rs, with all their might,
In thy sole glory may unite.

4 Thee will I love, my joy, my crown;
Thee will I love, my Lord, my God!
Thee will I love, beneath thy frown
Or smile, thy scepter or thy rod.
What though my flesh and heart decay?
Thee shall I love in endless day!

Text Information
First Line: Thee will I love, my strength, my tow'r
Title: Thee Will I Love, My Strength
Original Language: German
Translator: John Wesley, 1703-1791
Author: Johann Scheffler, 1624-1677
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Language: English
Publication Date: 1978
Topic: Pentecost 21 (Year B); Commitment; Love
Tune Information
Meter: 8 8 8 8 8 8
Key: D Major
Source: J. B. K├Ânig, Harmonischer Lieder-Schatz,1738

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