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Love To Jesus



If I love thee my soul shall seek thee,
      but can I seek thee unless my love to thee
      is kept alive to this end?
Do I love thee because thou art good,
  and canst alone do me good?
It is fitting thou shouldest not regard me,
  for I am vile and selfish;
  yet I seek thee,
  and when I find thee there is no wrath
    to devour me,
  but only sweet love.
Thou dost stand as a rock between the scorching sun
  and my soul,
  and I live under the cool lee-side as one elect.
When my mind acts without thee
  it spins nothing but deceit and delusion;
When my affections act without thee
  nothing is seen but dead works.
O how I need thee to abide in me,
  for I have no natural eyes to see thee,
  but I live by faith in one whose face to me
  is brighter than a thousand suns!
When I see that all sin is in me, all shame
  belongs to me;
  let me know that all good is in thee,
    all glory is thine.
Keep me from the error of thinking thou dost
    appear gloriously
  when some strange light fills my heart,
  as if that were the glorious activity of grace,
  but let me see that the truest revelation of thyself
  is when thou dost eclipse all my personal glory
  and all the honour, pleasure and good
    of this world.
The Son breaks out in glory
  when he shows himself as one who outshines
    all creation,
  makes men poor in spirit,
  and helps them to find their good in him.
Grant that I may distrust myself, to see
    my all in thee.

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