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183b. Jesu, Thy Boundless Love to Me

1 Jesu, thy boundless love to me
no thought can reach, no tongue declare;
O knit my thankful heart to thee
and reign without a rival there.
Thine wholly, thine alone, I am;
be thou alone my constant flame.

O grant that nothing in my soul
may dwell, but thy pure love alone!
O may thy love possess me whole,
my joy, my treasure, and my crown.
Strange flames far from my soul remove,
my every act, word, thought, be love.

O Love, how cheering is thy ray!
All pain before thy presence flies!
Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away
where'er thy healing beams arise.
O Jesu, nothing may I see,
nothing hear, feel, or think, but thee!

In suffering be thy love my peace,
in weakness be thy love my power;
and when the storms of life shall cease,
Jesu, in that important hour,
in death as life be thou my guide,
and save me, who for me hast died.

Text Information
First Line: Jesu, thy boundless love to me
Title: Jesu, Thy Boundless Love to Me
Translator: John Wesley
Author: Paul Gerhardt
Publication Date: 1989
Source: Hymns and Sacred Poems, 1739
Language: English
Notes: Hymn text, suggested tune : ST CATHERINE.
Tune Information
Name: ST. CATHERINE
Composer: Henri F. Hemy (1864)
Adapter: James G. Walton (1874)
Meter: 88.88.88
Key: A♭ Major



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