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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
II. “O Love, who formedst me to wear”
By Catherine Winkworth (1829–1878)
 
(Angelus, 1657)

O LOVE, who formedst me to wear
  The image of Thy Godhead here;
Who soughtest me with tender care
  Through all my wanderings wild and drear;
O Love, I give myself to Thee,        5
  Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
O Love, who ere life’s earliest dawn
  Thy choice on me hast gently laid;
O Love, who here as man wast born,
  And wholly like to us wast made;        10
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
O Love, who once in Time wast slain,
  Pierced through and through with bitter woe;
O Love, who wrestling thus didst gain        15
  That we eternal joy might know;
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
O Love, of whom is truth and light,
  The Word and Spirit, life and power,        20
Whose heart was bared to them that smite,
  To shield us in our trial hour;
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
O Love, who thus hast bound me fast,        25
  Beneath that gentle yoke of Thine;
Love, who hast conquered me at last,
  And rapt away this heart of mine;
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine to be.        30
 
O Love, who lovest me for aye,
  Who for my soul dost ever plead;
O Love, who didst my ransom pay,
  Whose power sufficeth in my stead,
O Love, I give myself to Thee,        35
Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
O Love, who once shalt bid me rise
  From out this dying life of ours;
O Love, who once o’er yonder skies
  Shalt set me in the fadeless bowers;        40
O Love, I give myself to Thee,
Thine ever, only Thine to be.
 
 
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