Author: Johann Scheffler (1624-1677) Music Source: Geistreiches Gesangbuch, Darmstadt, Germany, 1698
1. Love, who fashioned me, the likeness Of Thy God-head here to bear Me from fall and from transgression Didst restore with tender care: Love, I give myself to Thee, Thine to be eternally. 2. Love, by which I was selected Ere I saw the light of day; Love, whose goodness was reflected In man’s likeness and array; Love, I give myself to Thee, Thine to be eternally. 3. Love, which for my sin did suffer And which died, that I might live; Love, which grace to all does offer And eternal peace does give; Love, I give myself to Thee, Thine to be eternally. 4. Love which overcame and conquered My perverse and wayward heart; Love, by which I’m bound and anchored That from Thee I would not part; Love, I give myself to Thee, Thine to be eternally. 5. Love, that ever shall continue Step by step doth gently lead; Love, that sayeth: “Peace be with you,” And for me doth intercede; Love, I give myself to Thee, Thine to be eternally.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!