Scripture Verse

I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength.@Psalm 18:1
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Madame Guyon
(1648–1717)

Words: At­trib­ut­ed to Ma­dame Guy­on (1648–1717). Trans­lat­or un­known.

Music: Rhone Stan­ley L. Krebs, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Stanley L. Krebs
(1864–1935)

From The Sun­day School Hym­nal (Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia: Hei­del­berg Press, 1899), num­ber 141:

I would love Thee, God and Father,
My Redeemer and my king:
I would love Thee, for without Thee,
Life is but a bitter thing.
I would love Thee; look upon me,
Ever guide me with Thine eye:
I would love Thee; if not nourished
By Thy love, my soul would die.

I would love Thee; may Thy brightness
Dazzle my rejoicing eyes;
I would love Thee; may Thy goodness
Watch from Heav’n o’er all I prize.
I would love Thee, I have vowed it;
On Thy love my heart is set;
While I love Thee, I will never
My Redeemer’s blood forget.

Cento from The Sabbath Hymn Book (New York: Ma­son Bro­thers, 1858), num­ber 649, & The Christian’s Penny Magazine, ed­it­ed by J. Campbell & F. S. Williams (Congregational Union of England & Wales, 1858), page 140:

I would love Thee, God and Father,
My Redeemer and my king:
I would love Thee, for without Thee,
Life is but a bitter thing.

I would love Thee; every blessing
Flows to me from out Thy throne:
I would love Thee—He who loves Thee
Never feels himself alone.

I would love Thee; look upon me,
Ever guide me with Thine eye:
I would love Thee; if not nourished
By Thy love, my soul would die.

I would love Thee; may Thy brightness
Dazzle my rejoicing eyes!
I would love Thee; may Thy goodness
Watch from Heav’n o’er all I prize.

I would love Thee—Thee, my refuge—
While the evil days increase.
I would love Thee; Thee I seek for,
Thou exhaustless source of peace.

I would love Thee, I have vowed it;
On Thy love my heart is set:
While I love Thee, I will never
My Redeemer’s blood forget.