Posted by: iamlillian | January 19, 2009

Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me

by Paul Gerhardt, 1607-1676

1. Jesus, Thy boundless love to me
No thought can reach, no tongue declare;
O, knit my thankful heart to Thee
And reign without a rival there.
To Thee alone, dear Lord, I live;
Myself to Thee, dear Lord, I give.

2. Oh, grant that nothing in my soul
May dwell but Thy pure love alone!
Oh, may Thy love possess me whole,
My Joy, my Treasure, and my Crown!
All coldness from my heart remove;
My every act, word, thought, be love.

3. O Love, how cheering is Thy ray!
All pain before Thy presence flies;
Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away
Where’er Thy healing beams arise
O Jesus, nothing may I see,
Nothing desire or seek, but Thee!

4. This love unwearied I pursue
And dauntlessly to Thee aspire.
Oh, may Thy love my hope renew,
Burn in my soul like heavenly fire!
And day and night be all my care
To guard this sacred treasure there.

5. Oh, draw me, Savior, e’er to Thee;
So shall I run and never tire.
With gracious words still comfort me;
Be Thou my Hope, my sole Desire.
Free me from every guilt and fear;
No sin can harm if Thou art near.

6. Still let Thy love point out my way;
What wondrous things Thy love hath wrought!
Still lead me lest I go astray;
Direct my work, inspire my thought;
And if I fall, soon may I hear
Thy voice and know that love is near!

7. In suffering be Thy love my peace,
In weakness be Thy love my power;
And when the storms of life shall cease,
O Jesus, in that final hour,
Be Thou my Rod and Staff and Guide
And draw me safely to Thy side!

Hymn #349
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: John 14:15
Author: Paul Gerhardt, 1653, cento.
Translated by: John Wesley, 1739, alt.
Titled: “O Jesu Christ, mein schoenstes Lich”
Tune: “Vater unser”
1st Published in: Geistliche Lieder
Town: Leipzig, 1539


Sang this beautiful hope-giving hymn this morning at church. The phrase “Care, anguish, sorrow, melt away. Where’er Thy healing beams arise.” brought comfort to my heart, knowing that God alone heals our broken hearts.


Been always loving to sing the good old hymns… they are so rich in meaning…conveying the authors’ deepest love and desire for God.

All Glory to God.

“Without God’s presence, everything is empty.”

Thank You, Jesus, for your sacrificial love for us.

In Christ alone, our hope is found.

In Christ alone, we have joy and peace.



  1. Iamlilian,

    Sorry to miscue just now.

    Seeking your prayer for someone in real need of it.

  2. remembering Vivian in my prayers.

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