I love Thee.@John 21:15
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Frederick W. Faber (1814–1863)

Frederick W. Faber, Jesus and Mary 1849. Author of refrain is unknown.

Arranged from Taubert by R. Kelso Carter, 1886 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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R. Kelso Carter (1849–1928)

O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord!
Forgive me if I say,
For very love, Thy sacred name
A thousand times a day.

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O Jesus, Lord, with me abide;
I rest in Thee, whate’er betide;
Thy gracious smile is my reward;
I love, I love Thee, Lord!

I love Thee so I know not how
My transports to control;
Thy love is like a burning fire
Within my very soul.

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O wonderful! that Thou shouldst let
So vile a heart as mine
Love Thee with such a love as this,
And make so free with thine.

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The craft of this wise world of ours
Poor wisdom seems to me;
Ah! dearest Jesus! I have grown
Childish with love of Thee!

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For Thou to me art all in all,
My honor and my wealth,
My heart’s desire, my body’s strength,
My soul’s eternal health.

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Burn, burn, O love! within my heart,
Burn fiercely night and day,
Till all the dross of earthly loves
Is burned, and burned away.

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O light in darkness, joy in grief,
O Heav’n begun on earth;
Jesus! My love! My treasure! who
Can tell what Thou art worth?

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O Jesus! Jesus! sweetest Lord!
What art Thou not to me?
Each hour brings joys before unknown,
Each day new liberty!

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What limit is there to thee, love?
Thy flight, where wilt Thou stay?
On, on! our Lord is sweeter far
Today than yesterday.

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O love of Jesus! Blessèd love!
So will it ever be—
Time cannot hold thy wondrous growth,
No, nor eternity!

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