1 When my love to Christ grows weak,
When for deeper faith I seek,
Then in thought I go to thee,
Garden of Gethsemane.
2 When my love for man grows weak,
When for stronger faith I seek,
Hill of Calvary, I go
To the scenes of fear and woe.
3 There behold His agony,
Suffered on the bitter tree;
See His anguish, see His faith,
Love triumphant still in death.
4 Then to life I turn again,
Learning all the worth of pain,
Learning all the might that lies
In a full self-sacrifice.
Source: Hymnal and Liturgies of the Moravian Church #120
|First Line:||When my love to God [Christ] grows weak|
|Title:||When My Love to God Grows Weak|
|Author:||John Reynell Wreford|
When my love to Christ [God] grows cold [weak]. J. B. Wreford. [Passiontide.] Contributed to J. K. Beard's Unitarian Collection of Hymns, 1837, No. 140, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, and headed "Christ's Agony and Crucifixion." In the American Unitarian Book of Hymns, 1848, No. 144, it was given in a rewritten form of 5 stanzas. The alterations were made by S. Longfellow, one of the editors. This text has passed into several hymn-books in Great Britain, as in Thring's Collection, 1882 with a doxology. Horder's Congregational Hymns, 1884, &c.; and as "When my love to God grows weak," in Martineau's Hymns, &c, 1873.
--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)