Scripture Verse

You know that I love You. John 21:17

Introduction

Words: Jo­han­nes Kel­pi­us, be­fore 1705 (Ich liebe Je­sus noch al­lein). Trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by Chris­to­pher Witt be­fore 1705.

Music: The Best Choice, anon­y­mous, be­fore 1705 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Johannes Kelpius
(1677–1708)

Lyrics

I love my Jesus quite alone.
The Bride, the Bridegroom of my spirit;
No others shall my heart, no, none,
Through love, through loving more inherit.
No man can do at once for two.
For one’s, for one’s will and for t’others:
Therefore I’ll leave all others.

The magnet needle erring goes,
When from, when from the pole distracted.
And take before quite no repose,
Till he, till he has her attracted.
And since my heart with Thy love dart
Is touched, is touched by its flaming ether,
Therefore, they haste together.

And though Thou art like the north star
In Heav…in Heaven altified
And I on earth so distant far
I’ll fol…I’ll follow undenied.
Still Thee my Light, and my eyesight.
Shall still, shall still be turned to Thee,
From every place, and woo Thee.