“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?
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“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 honor, 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.”