1 To Thee, to Thee, away from self,
My soul would ever flee;
Thine only, I’d be all Thine own,
Then draw me nearer Thee,
The world is empty, and no more
Will I its wealth desire;
To Thee alone eternally
My heart shall e’er aspire.
2 Thou, only Thou, none else for me,
There’s rest in Thee alone;
What is the world without Thee whom
I’ve chosen for mine own?
Then die, self-will, die day by day,
Let weary struggles cease,
And let the will renewed by Thee,
In strength, O Lord, increase!
Kelly, John, was born at Newcastle-on-Tyne, educated at Glasgow University, studied theology at Bonn, New College, Edinburgh, and the Theological College of the English Presbyterian Church (to which body he belongs) in London. He has ministered to congregations at Hebburn-on-Tyne and Streatham, and was Tract Editor of the Religious Tract Society. His translations of Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs were published in 1867. Every piece is given in full, and rendered in the metre of the originals. His Hymns of the Present Century from the German were published in 1886 by the Religious Tract Society. In these translations the metres of the originals have not always been followed, whilst some of the hymns have been abridged and others condens… Go to person page >