Gentle Jesus, lovely Lamb

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This is an hymn by Charles Wesley, 1749, from Hymns and Sacred Poems, Volume 1, Hymn 127, pp. 216-217. Meter is 77. 77. The first line is sometimes altered to Holy Jesus, lovely Lamb.

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1. Gentle Jesus, lovely Lamb,
Thine, and only thine I am;
Take my body, spirit, soul,
Only thou possess the whole.

2. Thou my one thing needful be,
Let me ever cleave to thee:
Let me choose the better part,
Let me give thee all my heart.

 

3. Fairer than the sons of men,
Do not let me turn again,
Leave the fountain-head of bliss,
Stoop to creature-happiness.

4. Whom have I on earth below?
Thee, and only thee I know:
Whom have I in heaven but thee?
Thou art all in all to me.

 

5. All my treasure is above,
All my riches is thy love:
Who the worth of love can tell,
Infinite, unsearchable!

6. Thou, O love, my portion art,
Lord, thou know'st my simple heart:
Other comforts I despise,
Love be all my paradise.

 

7. Nothing else can I require,
Love fills up my whole desire:
All thy other gifts remove;
Still thou giv'st me all in love.

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