1. My God, I love thee, not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
nor yet because, if I love not,
I must forever die.
2. Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me
upon the cross embrace;
for me didst bear the nails and spear
and manifold disgrace.
3. Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
should I not love thee well?
Not for the sake of winning heaven,
nor of escaping hell.
4. Not with the hope of gaining aught,
not seeking a reward,
but as thyself hast loved me,
O everlasting Lord.
5. So would I love thee, dearest Lord,
and in thy praise will sing;
because thou art my loving God
and my eternal King.
|First Line:||My God, I love thee|
|Title:||My God, I Love Thee|
|Translator:||Edward Caswall (1849)|
|Topic:||Sanctifiying and Perfecting Grace: Prayer, Trust, Hope; Hope; Jesus Christ: Love For|
|Source:||Latin, 17th cent.|
|Source:||Est's Whole Booke of Psalmes, 1592; harm. from Hymns Ancient and Modern, 1861|
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