O Jesu Why Why Dost Thou Love


O Jesu, why, why dost thou Love
Such Worthless Things as we?
Why is thy Heart still toward us
Who seldom think on thee?

Thy Bounty gives us all we have
And we thy Gifts abuse:
Thy Bounty gives us even thy self,
And we thy self refuse.

And why alas, why do we love
Such wretched Things as these?
These that withdraw us from our Lord
And his pure Eyes displease?

Break off and raise thy manly Eye
Up to those Joys above,
Behold all these our Lord prepares
To gain and crown thy Love.

Alas, o Lord, we cannot love
Unless thou draw our Heart!
Thou who vouchsaf’st to make us know
O make us do our part.

Still do thou love me, o my Lord,
That I may still love thee:
Still make me love thee, o my God
That thou may’s till love me.