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Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Treasure

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1 Thee will I love, my Strength, my Treasure,
My heart in Thee finds peace and joy;
Thee will I love in fullest measure,
And in Thy cause my life employ;
Thee will I love and serve alone.
Lord, take me as Thine own.

2 Thee will I love, Thou Life from heaven,
Thou leadest me on life's true way.
Thee will I love, Thou hast me given
The light undimm'd by darkest day,
Thee will I love whose blood was spilt
To cleanse my soul from guilt.

3 So long wert Thou to me a stranger,
Who first of all didst hold me dear;
I sought afar in sin and danger,
The home that was with Thee so near,
But love and peace for which I sigh'd
With Thee alone abide.

4 Disown not, Lord, the child returning
To Thee discouraged and forlorn.
The tempting world I sought with yearning
Had nought to give but grief and scorn.
In Thee alone, for all its grief,
My heart can find relief.

5 Thee will I love and worship ever,
My God, my Lord and Brother dear.
Must ev'ry worldly tie I sever
And naught but scorn I suffer here,
Thee will I love, my Lord divine;
O Jesus, call me Thine.

Source: Hymnal for Church and Home (2nd ed.) #233

Translator (Danish): E. Glahn

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Translator (English): J. C. Aaberg

Jens Christian Aaberg (b. Moberg, Denmark, 1877; d. Minneapolis, MN, 1970) immigrated to the United States in 1901. Educated at Grand View College and Seminary in Des Moines, Iowa, he entered the ministry of the Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and served congregations in Marinette, Wisconsin; Dwight, Illinois; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. Aaberg wrote Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark (1945), translated at least eighty hymns from Danish into English, and served on four hymnal committees. In 1947 King Frederick of Denmark awarded him the Knight Cross of Denmark. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thee will I love, my Strength, my Treasure, My heart in Thee finds peace and joy (Glahn)
Title: Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Treasure
Danish Title: Dig vil jeg elske
Translator (Danish): E. Glahn
Translator (English): J. C. Aaberg
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.6
Source: German
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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