thy love increase

Sweet the moments, rich in blessing,

Which before the Cross I spend;

Life and health and peace possessing,

From the sinners dying friend.

Truly blessed is this station,

Low before His Cross to lie;

While I see divine compassion,

Beaming in His languid eye.

Love and grief my heart deviding,

With all my tears His feet I’ll bathe;

Constant still in faith abiding,

Life deriving from His death.

For Thy sorrows we adore Thee-

For the griefs that wrought our peace-

Gracious Saviour! We implore Thee,

In our hearts Thy love increase.

-Walter Shirley.

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