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LOVEST THOU ME




'Tis a point I long to know,
Oft it causes anxious thought;
Do I love the Lord, or no?
Am I his, or am I not?


If I love, why am I thus?
Why this dull and lifeless frame?
Hardly, sure, can they be worse,
Who have never heard his name!


Could my heart so hard remain,
Prayer a task and burden prove;
Every trifle give me pain,
If I knew a Saviour's love?


When I turn my eyes within,
All is dark, and vain, and wild;
Filled with unbelief and sin,
Can I deem myself a child?


If I pray, or hear, or read,
Sin is mixed with all I do;
You that love the Lord indeed,
Tell me, Is it thus with you?


Yet I mourn my stubborn will,
Find my sin, a grief, and thrall;
Should I grieve for what I feel,
If I did not love at all?


Could I joy his saints to meet,
Choose the ways I once abhorred,
Find, at times, the promise sweet,
If I did not love the Lord?


Lord decide the doubtful case!
Thou who art thy people's sun;
Shine upon thy work of grace,
If it be indeed begun.


Let me love thee more and more,
If I love at all, I pray;
If I have not loved before,
Help me to begin today.

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LYRICS
Meter: 7 7 7 7
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1779
      Bible Refs: Jn 21:15-16;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1815# 409
      MUSIC
      Name: ALETTA
      Meter: 7 7 7 7
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1858
        SCORE PREVIEW
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        ALTERNATIVE TUNES
        Name meter
        7 7 7 7 D

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