Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower

Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower (Winkworth)

Translator: Catherine Winkworth; Author: Angelus Silesius (1657)
Tune: ICH WILL DICH LIEBEN (König)
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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 brought 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 O keep me watchful, then, and humble;
Permit me nevermore to stray.
Uphold me when my feet would stumble,
And keep me on the narrow way.
Fill all my nature with Thy light,
O Radiance strong and bright!

5 Thee will I love, my crown of gladness,
Thee will I love, my God and Lord,
Amid the darkest depths of sadness,
And not for hope of high reward,
For Thine own sake, O Light divine,
So long as life is mine.



Source: Lutheran Service Book #694

Translator: Catherine Winkworth

Catherine Winkworth is "the most gifted translator of any foreign sacred lyrics into our tongue, after Dr. Neale and John Wesley; and in practical services rendered, taking quality with quantity, the first of those who have laboured upon German hymns. Our knowledge of them is due to her more largely than to any or all other translators; and by her two series of Lyra Germanica, her Chorale Book, and her Christian Singers of Germany, she has laid all English-speaking Christians under lasting obligation." --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A., 1872… Go to person page >

Author: Angelus Silesius

Pen name of Johann Scheffler… Go to person page >

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First Line: Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower (Winkworth)
Title: Thee will I love, my Strength, my Tower
German Title: Ich will dich lieben, meine Stärke
Author: Angelus Silesius (1657)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.6
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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Break Forth in Joyous Song: a collection of hymns and liturgical songs #19
Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #476TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #409TextPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #694TextPage Scan
Lutheran Worship #375Text
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