Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

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1 Jesus, your boundless love to me
no thought can reach, no tongue declare;
dwell in my heart eternally,
and reign without a rival there.
O Jesus, nothing may I do,
but seek my joy in serving you.

2 O grant that nothing in my soul
may dwell but your pure love alone;
oh, may your love possess me whole,
my joy, my treasure, and my crown!
All coldness from my heart remove;
my ev'ry act, word, thought, be love.

3 This love unwearied I pursue
and dauntlessly to you aspire;
oh, may your love my hope renew,
burn in my soul like heav'nly fire!
And day and night be all my care
to guard this sacred treasure there.

4 In suff'ring be your love my peace,
in weakness be your love my pow'r;
and when the storms of life shall cease,
O Jesus, in that final hour,
be then my rod and staff and guide
and draw me safely to your side.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #714

Author: Paul Gerhardt

Paul Gerhardt (b. Gräfenheinichen, Saxony, Germany, 1607; d. Lubben, Germany, 1676), famous author of Lutheran evangelical hymns, studied theology and hymnody at the University of Wittenberg and then was a tutor in Berlin, where he became friends with Johann Crüger. He served the Lutheran parish of Mittenwalde near Berlin (1651-1657) and the great St. Nicholas' Church in Berlin (1657-1666). Friederich William, the Calvinist elector, had issued an edict that forbade the various Protestant groups to fight each other. Although Gerhardt did not want strife between the churches, he refused to comply with the edict because he thought it opposed the Lutheran "Formula of Concord," which con­demned some Calvinist doctrines. Consequently, he was r… Go to person page >

Translator: John Wesley

John Wesley, the son of Samuel, and brother of Charles Wesley, was born at Epworth, June 17, 1703. He was educated at the Charterhouse, London, and at Christ Church, Oxford. He became a Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford, and graduated M.A. in 1726. At Oxford, he was one of the small band consisting of George Whitefield, Hames Hervey, Charles Wesley, and a few others, who were even then known for their piety; they were deridingly called "Methodists." After his ordination he went, in 1735, on a mission to Georgia. The mission was not successful, and he returned to England in 1738. From that time, his life was one of great labour, preaching the Gospel, and publishing his commentaries and other theological works. He died in London, in 17… Go to person page >



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