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   Hymns of the Christian Church.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
Latin Hymns
O Deus, Ego Amo Te
Attributed To St. Francis Xavier. Tr. Edward Caswall (1506–1552)
MY God, I love thee: not because
  I hope for heaven thereby,
Nor because they who love thee not
  Must burn eternally.
Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me        5
  Upon the Cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
  And manifold disgrace.
And grief and torments numberless,
  And sweat of agony;        10
Yea, death itself; and all for me
  Who was thine enemy.
Then why, O Blessèd Jesu Christ,
  Should I not love thee well?—
Not for the hope of winning heaven,        15
  Nor of escaping hell;
Not with the hope of gaining aught,
  Not seeking a reward;
But as thyself hast lovèd me,
  O ever-loving Lord!        20
E’en so I love thee and will love,
  And in thy praise will sing,
Solely because thou art my God,
  And my eternal King.


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