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Hymn of Love -St. Francis Xavier

To Love Our Lord , without any hope of gain or recompense is truly to be in touch with Divine

My God, I love Thee, not because

I hope for heaven thereby;

Nor yet since they who love Thee not

Must burn eternally.

Thou, O my Jesus, Thou didst me

Upon the Cross embrace;

For me 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, O blessed Jesus Christ,

Should I not love Thee well,

Not for the sake of winning heaven,

Or of escaping hell;

Not with the hope of gaining aught,

Not seeking a reward;

But as Thyself hast loved 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.


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