"Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower"
                        by Johann Scheffler, 1624-1677
                                  Text From:
                              THE LUTHERAN HYMNAL
                 (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1941)
	1. 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. 
	2. 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. 
	3. 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. 
	4. 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! 
	5. 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. 
	6. 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. 
Notes: Hymn #399 from _The Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: John 14:23 Author: Johann Scheffler, 1657, cento Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: "Ich will dich lieben, meine Staerke" Tune: "Ich will dich lieben" 1st Published in: _Harmonischer Liederschatz_ Town: Frankfurt, 1733
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