Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. IV. The Higher Life
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume IV. The Higher Life.  1904.
I. The Divine Element—(God, Christ, the Holy Spirit)
“I gave my life for thee”
Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–1879)
I GAVE my life for thee,
  My precious blood I shed
That thou might’st ransomed be,
  And quickened from the dead.
I gave my life for thee;        5
What hast thou given for me?
I spent long years for thee
  In weariness and woe,
That an eternity
  Of joy thou mightest know.        10
I spent long years for thee;
Hast thou spent one for me?
My Father’s home of light,
  My rainbow-circled throne,
I left, for earthly night,        15
  For wanderings sad and lone.
I left it all for thee;
Hast thou left aught for me?
I suffered much for thee,
  More than thy tongue may tell        20
Of bitterest agony,
  To rescue thee from hell.
I suffered much for thee;
What canst thou bear for me?
And I have brought to thee,        25
  Down from my home above,
Salvation full and free,
  My pardon and my love.
Great gifts I brought to thee;
What hast thou brought to me?        30
Oh, let thy life be given,
  Thy years for him be spent,
World-fetters all be riven,
  And joy with suffering blent;
I gave myself for thee:        35
Give thou thyself to me!

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