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My God I love Thee Not because I hope




My God, I love Thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not
May eternally die.


Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.


And griefs and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony;
E’en death itself; and all for man
Who was Thine enemy.


Then why, O blessèd Jesus Christ
Should I not love Thee well?
Not for the hope of winning heaven,
Nor of escaping hell.


Not with the hope of gaining aught,
Nor seeking a reward,
But as Thyself hast lovèd me,
O everlasting Lord!


E’en so I love Thee, and will love,
And in Thy praise will sing,
Solely because Thou art my God,
And my eternal King.


---Alternative verses---


My God, I love Thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because who love Thee not
are lost eternally.


My God, I love Thee; not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor yet because I love Thee not
I must forever die.


Not for the sake of gaining aught,
Nor seeking a reward,
But as Thyself hast lovèd me,
O everlasting Lord!


Thou, O my Saviour, Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace.


Then why, since thou first lovedst me,
Should I not love Thee well,
E'en though I had not heaven to win
Or to escape from hell?


So will I love thee, dearest Lord,
And in Thy praise will sing,
Because thou art my Saviour God,
And my eternal King.

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LYRICS
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1849
      Bible Refs: Jn 21:15; 1 Jn 4:19;
      MUSIC
      Name: WINCHESTER OLD
      Meter: 8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1592
        SCORE PREVIEW
        score
        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 D (D.C.M.)
        8 6 8 6 (C.M.)

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