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Hymn score of: Thy will I cheerfully obey - I am thine (Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Thy will I cheerfully obey - I am thine
(Carl Johann Philipp Spitta/Richard Massie/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

I am thine.

1. Thy will I cheerfully obey,
both when thou giv'st and tak'st away;
  I follow, wheresoe'er thou leadest,
  I shun whatever thou forbiddest;
    do as thou wilt, O Lord, provided
    I never be from thee divided.

2. I am not bent on mine own will,
but rather wish, devout and still,
  to make thy blessed will and pleasure
  the rule by which mine own I measure;
    to thee alone my ways commending
    from the beginning to the ending.

3. I were indeed a very fool
to make mine own blind will my rule;
  I have a thousand times outwitted,
  deceived, betrayed myself, and cheated,
    nor have I ever found a blessing
    in ways self-chosen and self-pleasing.

4. Through all my life how graciously
hast thou, my Saviour, dealt with me!
  How often kept my feet from falling,
  and heard me e'en before my calling!
    Nor should I e'er have chosen thee,
    hadst thou not, Lord, first chosen me.

Richard Massie, Lyra Domestica I, 1863, 49.
Translated from the German Ich nehme, was du mir bestimmst - Dein bin ich
of Carl Johann Philipp Spitta.

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