Beckenhorst, 2015

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Composer Timothy Shaw takes the original text by Elizabeth Prentiss (1856) and sets it to his own original music. The result is a beautifully written, highly singable melody in which the voices and accompaniment are intertwined. Even though this was written by Prentiss during a period of grief and illness, her text speaks to us as an encouraging testimony of faith.

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More love to Thee, O Christ, more love to Thee!
Hear Thou the prayer I make on bended knee.
This is my earnest plea: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Once earthly joy I craved, sought peace and rest;
now Thee alone I seek, give what is best.
This all my prayer shall be: more love, O Christ, to Thee,
More love to Thee, more love to Thee!

Then shall my latest breath whisper Thy praise;
this be the parting cry my heart shall raise.
This still its prayer shall be: more love, O Christ to Thee,
More love to Thee, O Christ, to Thee!

Amen.