589. O Could We But Love That Savior

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1 O could we but love that Savior,
who loves us so ardently,
as we ought, our souls would ever
full of joy and comfort be;
if we, by his love incited,
could ourselves and all forget,
then, with Jesus Christ united,
we should heav'n anticipate.

2 O that Jesus’ love and merit
filled our hearts both night and day!
May the leading of His Spirit
all our thoughts and actions sway!
Then should we be ever ready
cheerfully to testify
how our spirit, soul and body
do in God our Savior joy.

Text Information
First Line: O could we but love that Savior
Title: O Could We But Love That Savior
Author (stanza 1): Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1736)
Author (stanza 2): Henrietta Louise von Hayn (1770)
Translator: Philip Heinrich Molthar, 1714, 1780 (alt.)
Meter: Trochaic
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Scripture: ;
Topic: Gifts of the Spirit; Christ--Love of; Love for Christ
Tune Information
Meter: Trochaic
Key: A♭ Major
Source: J. P. Coghlan's An Essay on the Church Plain Chant (1782)
Notes: 167 G in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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