I love thee, Lord, but not because (Henry J. Gauntlett)

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Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn with harmony and underlaid words in the version published in The Hymnal 1982.
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2024-07-05).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 75 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The hymn in the version published in The Hymnal 1982, melody with words.

General Information

Title: I love thee, Lord, but not because
Composer: Henry J. Gauntlett
Tune: St Fulbert
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published:
Description: Words: Spanish, 17th century, translated by Edward Caswall, adapted by Percy Dearmer. A descant to the hymn can be found here.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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I love thee, Lord, but not because
I hope for heaven thereby,
nor yet for fear that loving not
I might for ever die;

but for that thou didst all the world
upon the cross embrace;
for us didst bear the nails and spear,
and manifold disgrace,

and griefs and torments numberless,
and sweat of agony;
e’en death itself; and all for one
who was thine enemy.

Then why, most loving Jesus Christ,
should I not love thee well,
not for the sake of winning heaven,
nor any fear of hell;

not with the hope of gaining aught,
not seeking a reward;
but as thyself hast lovèd me,
O ever loving Lord!

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.