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470b. My God, I Love Thee

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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.

Text Information
First Line: My God, I love thee
Title: My God, I Love Thee
Translator: Edward Caswall (1849)
Publication Date: 1989
Meter: CM
Source: Latin, 17th cent.
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: ST. COLUMBA
Meter: 87.87
Key: D Major
Source: Irish melody; harm. from The English Hymnal, 1906



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