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Thee will I love my strength my tower




Thee will I love,
my Strength, my Tower;
Thee will I love, my Hope, my Joy;
Thee will I love with all my power,
With ardor time shall ne'er destroy.
Thee will I love, O Light Divine,
So long as life is mine.


Thee will I love,
my Life, my Savior,
Who art my best
and truest Friend;
Thee will I love and praise forever,
For never shall Thy kindness end;
Thee will I love with all my heart,
Thou my Redeemer art.


Alas! that I so late have known Thee,
Who art the Fairest and the Best;
Nor sooner for my Lord
could own Thee,
Our highest Good, our only Rest!
Now bitter shame and grief I prove
O'er this my tardy love.


I wandered long
in willing blindness,
I sought Thee, but I found Thee not,
For still I shunned
Thy beams of kindness;
The creature-light
filled all my thought.
And if at last I see Thee now,
'Twas Thou to me didst bow!


I thank Thee, Jesus,
Sun from heaven,
Whose radiance
hath bro't light to me;
I thank Thee, who hast richly given
All that could
make me glad and free;
I thank Thee that my soul is healed
By what Thy lips revealed.


Oh, keep me watchful,
then, and humble
And suffer me no more to stray;
Uphold me when
my feet would stumble,
Nor let me loiter by the way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O Radiance strong and bright!


Oh, teach me, Lord,
to love Thee truly
With soul and body,
head and heart,
And grant me grace
that I may duly
Practice fore'er love's sacred art.
Grant that my every
thought may be
Directed e'er to Thee.


Thee will I love,
my Crown of gladness;
Thee will I love, my God and Lord,
Amid the darkest
depths of sadness,
Not for the hope of high reward
For Thine own sake,
O Light Divine,
So long as life is mine.

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LYRICS
Meter: 9 8 9 8 8 6
Writer(s):
    Trans/Adapted:
      Dates: 1757,1863
      Bible Refs: Ps 18:1;
      LIST OF LYRIC SOURCES
      Hymn/Song Book Year Song #
      1996# 409
      MUSIC
      Name: ICH WILL DICH LIEBEN
      Meter: 9 8 9 8 8 6
      Writer(s):
        Dates: 1738
        LIST OF MUSIC SOURCES
        Hymn/Song Book Song # Key
        # 409 No key

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