828. More Love to Thee, O Christ

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1 More love to thee, O Christ,
more love to thee!
Hear thou the prayer I make
on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea:
more love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee,
more love to thee!

2 Once earthly joy I craved,
sought peace and rest.
Now thee alone I seek;
give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be:
more love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee,
more love to thee!

3 Then shall my latest breath
whisper thy praise;
this be the parting cry
my heart shall raise.
This still its prayer shall be:
more love, O Christ, to thee;
more love to thee,
more love to thee!

Text Information
First Line: More love to thee, O Christ
Title: More Love to Thee, O Christ
Author: Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (1856)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: 6.4.6.4.6.6.4.4
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:5; Psalm 116; John 21:15; Philippians 1:9; Philippians 1:20-24; 2 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 John 4:19
Topic: Living and Dying in Christ; Love for God; Prayer
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: MORE LOVE TO THEE
Composer: William Howard Doane (1870)
Meter: 6.4.6.4.6.6.4.4
Key: A♭ Major


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Perhaps because this prayer-poem by the wife of a leading 19th-century Presbyterian minister grew out of her own physical and emotional suffering, it has continued to speak to many people in similar distress. It is set here to the tune created for its first printing in a hymnal.


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