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Hymn score of: Not what I am, O Lord, but what thou art! - The Love that Passeth Knowledge (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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Not what I am, O Lord, but what thou art! - The Love that Passeth Knowledge (Horatius Bonar/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

The Love that Passeth Knowledge.

1. Not what I am, O Lord, but what thou art!
  That, that alone can be my soul's true rest;
thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart,
  and stills the tempest of my tossing breast.

2. It is thy perfect love that casts out fear;
  I know the voice that speaks the "It is I;"
and in these well-known words of heavenly cheer
  I hear the joy that bids each sorrow fly.

3. Thy name is Love! I hear it from yon cross;
  thy name is Love! I read it in the tomb;
all manner love is perishable dross,
  but this shall light me thro' time's thickest gloom.

4. It blesses now, and shall for ever bless;
  it saves me now, and shall for ever save;
it holds me up in days of helplessness;
  it bears me safely o'er each swelling wave.

5. Girt with the love of God on every side,
  breathing that love as heaven's own healing air,
I work or wait, still following my guide,
  braving each foe, escaping every snare.

6. 'Tis what I know of thee, my Lord and God,
  that fills my soul with peace, my lips with song;
thou art my health, my joy, my staff, my rod;
  leaning on thee, in weakness I am strong.

7. I am all want and hunger; this faint heart
  pines for a fullness which it finds not here;
dear ones are leaving, and, as they depart,
  make room within for something yet more dear.

8. More of thyself, oh, show me hour by hour,
  more of thy glory, O my God and Lord;
more of thyself in all thy grace and power,
  more of thy love and truth, incarnate Word!

Horatius Bonar, Hymns of Faith and Hope II, 1872, 41-42.

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