"Lord, 'Tis Not that I did Choose Thee"
                          by Josiah Conder, 1789-1855
                                  Text From:
                (St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 1942)p.32

        1. Lord, 'tis not that I did choose Thee;
        That, I know, could never be;
        For this heart would still refuse Thee
        Had Thy grace not chosen me.
        Thou hast from the sin that stained me
        Washed and cleansed and set me free
        And unto this end ordained me,
        That I ever live to Thee.

        2. 'Twas Thy grace in Christ that called me,
        Taught my darkened heart and mind;
        Else the world had yet enthralled me,
        To Thy heavenly glories blind.
        Now my heart owns none above Thee;
        For Thy grace alone I thirst,
        Knowing well that, if I love Thee,
        Thou, O Lord, didst love me first.

        3. Praise the God of all creation;
        Praise the Father's boundless love.
        Praise the Lamb, our Expiation,
        Priest and King enthroned above.
        Praise the Spirit of salvation,
        Him by whom our spirits live.
        Undivided adoration
        To the great Jehovah give.

Notes: Hymn #37 from _The Handbook to the Lutheran Hymnal_ Text: John 15:16 Author: Josiah Conder, 1843, alt. Tune: "O du Liebe" 1st Published in: _Musikalischer Christenschatz_ Town: Basel, 1745
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