Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart

 

I came across this hymn this week on The Music Box. All I can say is, those old writers knew how to pen a hymn.

Lord, thee I love with all my heart;
I pray thee, ne’er from me depart,
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share,
Yea, heav’n itself were void and bare
If thou, Lord, were not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in thee no one could shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust thy Word.

Yea, Lord, ’twas thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labour.
Lord, grant that I in ev’ry place
May glorify thy lavish grace
And help and serve my neighbour.
Let no false doctrine me beguile;
And Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow thee.
Lord Jesus Christ, my God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death thy comfort still afford.

Lord, let at last thine angels come,
To Abram’s bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, thy glorious face,
My Saviour and my fount of grace,
Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise thee without end.

German words by Martin Schalling, 1532-1608, translated 1858 by Catherine Winkworth

 

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