Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.@Matthew 22:37
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Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Martin Schalling, circa 1567 (Herzlich Lieb hab’ ich dich, O Herr); published in Kurtze und sonderliche Newe Symbola etlicher Fürsten (Nuremberg, Germany: 1571); translated from German to English by Catherine Winkworth, Lyra Germanica, second series, 1858, alt.

Herzlich Lieb composer unknown, in Zwey Bücher einer neuen Künstlichen Tabulatur auff Orgel und Instrument, by Bernhard Schmid (Strassburg: 1577) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lord, Thee I love with all my heart;
I pray Thee, ne’er from me depart;
With tender mercy cheer me.
Earth has no pleasure I would share,
Yea, Heav’n itself were void and bare
If Thou, Lord, wert not near me.
And should my heart for sorrow break,
My trust in Thee can nothing shake.
Thou art the portion I have sought;
Thy precious blood my soul has bought.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
Forsake me not! I trust Thy Word.

Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in every place
May glorify Thy lavish grace
And serve and help my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile,
Let Satan not my soul defile.
Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death Thy comfort still afford.

Lord, let at last Thine angels come,
To Abr’am’s bosom bear me home,
That I may die unfearing;
And in its narrow chamber keep
My body safe in peaceful sleep
Until Thy reappearing.
And then from death awaken me,
That these mine eyes with joy may see,
O Son of God, Thy glorious face,
My Savior and my fount of grace.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My prayer attend, my prayer attend,
And I will praise Thee without end!