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602. My God, I Love You, Not Because

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1 My God, I love you, not because
I hope for heav'n thereby;
nor yet because if I love not,
I must forever die;

2 But, O my Jesus, you did me
upon the cross embrace;
for me you bore the nails and spear
and manifold disgrace.

3 Then why, O blessed Jesus Christ,
should I not love you well;
not for the sake of winning heav'n,
or of escaping hell?

4 E'en so I love you and will love,
and in your praise will sing,
solely because you are my God
and my eternal King.

Text Information
First Line: My God, I love you, not because
Title: My God, I Love You, Not Because
Author: Francis Xavier (c. 1546)
Translator: Edward Caswall (1849, alt.)
Meter: C.M.
Language: English
Publication Date: 1995
Topic: Invitation and Response; Christ--Adoration and praise; Christ--Sacrifice of (2 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Raphael Courteville (1697)
Meter: C.M.
Key: A Major
Notes: 14 E in 1891 Offices of Worship and Hymns

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