1 Jesus, thy boundless love to me
no thought can reach, no tongue declare;
O knit my thankful heart to thee,
and reign without a rival there!
Thine wholly, thine alone, I’d live;
myself to thee entirely give.
2 O grant that nothing in my soul
may dwell, but thy pure love alone;
O may thy love possess me whole,
my joy, my treasure, and my crown!
All coldness from my heart remove;
may every act, word, thought be love.
3 O Love, how gracious is thy way!
All fear before thy presence flies;
care, anguish, sorrow melt away
where’er thy healing beams arise.
O Jesus, nothing may I see,
nothing desire, or seek, but thee.
|First Line:||Jesus, thy boundless love to me|
|Title:||Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me|
|Author:||Paul Gerhardt (1653)|
|Translator:||John Wesley (1739 c., alt.)|
|Scripture:||Psalm 63:1-8; Psalm 86:11; John 15:9-10; Romans 8:35-39; Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:4-5; Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 1:3; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:17-28|
|Topic:||Commitment; Dedication and Stewardship; Healing2 more...|
|Composer:||Henri Frederick Hemy (1864)|
|Alterer:||James George Walton (1874)|
|Key:||G Major or modal|
John Wesley learned the original German hymn from the Moravians during his time in Savannah, Georgia, and translated all sixteen stanzas. The tune, named for a 4th-century martyr, comes out of the Roman Catholic revival movement of the mid-19th century.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|