Scripture Verse

I have prepared with all my might.@1 Chronicles 29:2

Introduction

Words: Tho­mas H. Gill, Gold­en Chain of Praise 1869 (With Sin I Would Not Make Abode).

Music: Uni­ver­si­ty Charles Col­li­gnon (1725–1785), in A Col­lect­ion of Psalms for the Use of Pa­rish Church­es, by P. Hel­len­daal, page 90 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Lyrics

Lord, in the fullness of my might,
I would for Thee be strong:
While runneth o’er each dear delight,
To Thee should soar my song.

I would not give the world my heart,
And then profess Thy love;
I would not feel my strength depart,
And then Thy service prove.

I would not with swift wingèd zeal
On the world’s errands go,
And labor up the heavenly hill
With weary feet and slow.

O not for Thee my weak desires,
My poorer, baser part!
O not for Thee my fading fires,
The ashes of my heart!

O choose me in my golden time:
In my clear joys have part!
For Thee the glory of my prime,
The fullness of my heart!

I cannot, Lord, too early take
The covenant divine;
O ne’er the happy heart may break
Whose earliest love was Thine!