441. Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower

1 Thee will I love, my strength, my tower;
thee will I love, my joy, my crown;
thee will I love with all my power,
in all thy works, and thee alone:
thee will I love, till sacred fire
fill my whole soul with pure desire.

2 I thank thee, uncreated Sun,
that thy bright beams on me have shined;
I thank thee, who hast overthrown
my foes, and healed my wounded mind;
I thank thee, whose enlivening voice
bids my freed heart in thee rejoice.

3 Uphold me in the doubtful race,
nor suffer me again to stray;
strengthen my feet, with steady pace
still to press forward in thy way;
that all my powers, with all their might,
in thy sole glory may unite.

4 Thee will I love, my joy, my crown;
thee will I love, my Lord, my God;
thee will I love, beneath thy frown
or smile -- thy sceptre or thy rod;
what though my flesh and heart decay,
thee shall I love in endless day.

Text Information
First Line: Thee will I love, my strength, my tower
Title: Thee Will I Love, My Strength, My Tower
Translator: John Wesley (1703-1791)
Author: Johann Scheffler (1624-1677)
Publication Date: 1998
Meter: 88 88 88
Scripture: Psalm 18:1-20; Psalm 36:5-12; Psalm 61; Psalm 84; Psalm 103; Psalm 119:129-136; Mark 14:3-9; Luke 7:36 - 8:3; Luke 8:26-39; Luke 10:38-42; Luke 17:11-19; John 12:1-8; 1 Corinthians 6:12-20; Ephesians 1:15-23; Ephesians 3:14-21; Philippians 1:3-11
Topic: Call and Vocation; Discipleship
Tune Information
Name: SURREY
Composer: Henry Carey (1687?-1743)
Meter: 88 88 88
Key: F Major or modal



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