LOVE FOR CHRIST
Lyrics : Caleb Jarvis TAYLOR, 1803
Fonto : SoH ("Imandra")
O Jesus, my Savior, I know thou art mine,
For thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;
Of objects most pleasing, I love thee the best,
Without thee I'm wretched, but with thee I'm blest.
Thy Spirit first taught me to know I was blind,
Then taught me the way of salvation to find;
And when I was sinking in gloomy despair,
Thy mercy relieved me, and bid me not fear.
In vain I attempt to describe what I feel,
The language of mortals or angels would fail;
My Jesus is precious, my soul's in a flame,
I'm raised to a rapture while praising his name.
I find him in singing, I find him in prayer,
In sweet meditation he always is near;
My constant companion, O may we ne'er part!
All glory to Jesus, he dwells in my heart.
I love thee, my Savior, I love thee, my Lord,
I love thy dear people, thy ways, and thy word;
With tender emotion I love sinners too,
Since Jesus has died to redeem them from woe.
My Jesus is precious--I cannot forbear,
Though sinners despise me, his love to declare;
His love overwhelms me; had I wings I'd fly
To praise him in mansions prepared in the sky.
Then millions of ages my soul would employ
In praising my Jesus, my love and my joy
Without interruption, when all the glad throng
With pleasures unceasing unite in the song.
Tune : AFFECTION
Komponis : E. F. MILLER, 19a jc.
Note : In singing this text to Affection, the underlined portion must be sung
thrice in succession. If singing it in four-part harmony, the first time through
only the women's voices sing, the men's remaining silent. The second time
the tenors join in, and at last on the third run the basses sing as well.
In unison singing, these successive additions may be made by an accompanist
on a piano or, most effectively, an organ.