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Hymn score of: If I only have thee (Novalis/George W. Bethune/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

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If I only have thee (Novalis/George W. Bethune/
Johannes Thomas Rüegg)

If I only have thee.

1. If I only have thee,
  if only mine thou art,
    and to the grave
    thy power to save
  upholds my faithful heart, –
naught can then my soul annoy,
lost in worship, love, and joy.

2. If I only have thee,
  I gladly all forsake.
    To follow on
    where thou hast gone,
  my pilgrim staff I take;
leaving other men to stray
in the bright, broad, crowded way.

3. If I only have thee,
  if only thou art near,
    in sweet repose
    my eyes shall close,
  nor Death's dark shadow fear;
and thy heart's flood through my breast,
gently charm my soul to rest.

4. If I only have thee,
  then all the world is mine;
    like those who gaze
    upon the rays
  that from thy glory shine,
rapt in holy thought of thee,
earth can have no gloom for me.

5. Where I only have thee,
  there is my fatherland;
    for everywhere
    the gifts I share
  from thy wide-spreading hand;
and in all my human kind,
long-lost brothers dear I find.

George W. Bethune, in: Philip Schaff: Christ in Song, 1870, 399-400.
Translated from the German Wenn ich ihn nur habe of Novalis.

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