LORD, grant me grace to love Thee in my pain,
Through all my disappointment love Thee still,
Thy love my strong foundation and my hill,
Though I be such as cometh not again,
A fading leaf, a spark upon the wane.
So evermore do Thou Thy perfect Will
Beloved through all my good, through all mine ill,
Beloved though all my love beside be vain.
If thus I love Thee, how wilt Thou love me,
Thou Who art greater than my heart? (Amen!)
Wilt Thou bestow a part, withhold a part?
The longing of my heart cries out to Thee,
The hungering, thirsting, longing of my heart:
What I forewent wilt Thou not grant me then?