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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
I Gave My Life for Thee
 
Frances Ridley Havergal (1836–79)
 
 
I GAVE my life for thee,
  My precious blood I shed
That thou mightst ransom’d be,
  And quicken’d from the dead.
I gave my life for thee;        5
What hast thou given for me?
 
I spent long years for thee
  In weariness and woe,
That an eternity
  Of joy thou mightest know.        10
I spent long years for thee;
Hast thou spent one for me?
 
My Father’s home of light,
  My rainbow-circled throne,
I left, for earthly night,        15
  For wanderings sad and lone.
I left it all for thee;
Hast thou left aught for me?
 
I suffer’d much for thee,
  More than thy tongue may tell        20
Of bitterest agony,
  To rescue thee from hell.
I suffer’d much for thee;
What canst thou bear for me?
 
And I have brought to thee,        25
  Down from my home above,
Salvation full and free,
  My pardon and my love.
Great gifts I brought to thee;
What hast thou brought to me?        30
 
Oh, let thy life be given,
  Thy years for him be spent,
World-fetters all be riven,
  And joy with suffering blent;
I gave myself for thee:        35
Give thou thyself to me?
 

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