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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

Frances Ridley Havergal 1836–79

I Gave My Life for Thee

I GAVE my life for thee,

My precious blood I shed

That thou mightst ransom’d be,

And quicken’d from the dead.

I gave my life for thee;

What hast thou given for me?

I spent long years for thee

In weariness and woe,

That an eternity

Of joy thou mightest know.

I spent long years for thee;

Hast thou spent one for me?

My Father’s home of light,

My rainbow-circled throne,

I left, for earthly night,

For wanderings sad and lone.

I left it all for thee;

Hast thou left aught for me?

I suffer’d much for thee,

More than thy tongue may tell

Of bitterest agony,

To rescue thee from hell.

I suffer’d much for thee;

What canst thou bear for me?

And I have brought to thee,

Down from my home above,

Salvation full and free,

My pardon and my love.

Great gifts I brought to thee;

What hast thou brought to me?

Oh, let thy life be given,

Thy years for him be spent,

World-fetters all be riven,

And joy with suffering blent;

I gave myself for thee:

Give thou thyself to me?