Do not I love Thee, O my Lord

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This is an hymn by Philip Doddridge, published posthumously in 1755, Hymn 246, subtitled Appeal to Christ, for the sincerity of love to him, and based on John 21:15. Meter is 86. 86 (C.M.).

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1. Do not I love Thee, O my Lord?
Behold my heart, and see,
And turn each cursed idol out,
That dares to rival Thee.

2. Do not I love Thee from my soul?
Then let me nothing love;
Dead be my heart to every joy
When Jesus cannot move.


3. Is not Thy name melodious still
To mine attentive ear?
Does not each pulse with pleasure bound
My Savior's voice to hear?

4. Hast Thou a lamb in all Thy flock
I would disdain to feed?
Hast Thou a foe, before whose face
I fear Thy cause to plead?


5. Would not my ardent spirit vie
With angels round the throne
To execute Thy sacred will
And make thy glory known?

6. Would not my heart pour forth its blood
In honor of thy name?
And challenge the cold hand of death
To damp the immortal flame?


7. Thou knowest I love Thee, dearest Lord:
But O, I long to soar
Far from the sphere of mortal joys,
And learn to love Thee more.

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