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My God, I Love Thee

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 470
Text: 17th cent. Latin; trans. by Edward Caswall
Music: Est's The Whole Booke of Psalmes; harm. from Hymns Ancient and Modern

1. My God, I love thee, not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
nor yet because, if I love not,
I must forever die.

2. Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me
upon the cross embrace;
for me didst bear the nails and spear
and manifold disgrace.

3. Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
should I not love thee well?
Not for the sake of winning heaven,
nor of escaping hell.

4. Not with the hope of gaining aught,
not seeking a reward,
but as thyself hast loved me,
O everlasting Lord.

5. So would I love thee, dearest Lord,
and in thy praise will sing;
because thou art my loving God
and my eternal King.

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