O Love, Who Madest Me to Wear

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Melody - "Heut' triumphieret Gottes Sohn", from the Deutsche geistliche Lieder, Frankfurt a. O., 1601; Seq. by Richard Jordan
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Johann Scheffler, 1657; German text

O Love, who madest me to wear
The image of Thy Godhead here;
Who soughtest me with tender care
Thro' all my wand'rings wild and drear,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

2. O Love, who ere life's earliest dawn
On me Thy choice hast gently laid;
O Love, who here as man wast born
And like to us in all things made,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

3. O Love, who once in time wast slain,
Pierced thro' and thro' with bitter woe;
O Love, who, wrestling thus, didst gain
That we eternal joy might know,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

4. O Love, who thus hast bound me fast
Beneath that easy yoke of Thine;
Love, who hast conquered me at last,
Enrapturing this heart of mine,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

5. O Love, who lovest me for aye,
Who for my soul dost ever plead;
O Love, who didst my ransom pay,
Whose power sufficeth in my stead,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

6. O Love, who once shalt bid me rise
From out this dying life of ours;
O Love, who once above yon skies
Shalt set me in the fadeless bowers,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine, to be.

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