I Am Made For God

The sun that gives me heat and light,
The moon that cheers the gloom of night;
The stars that sparkle in the sky,
Like friendly eyes that watch on high:

The boundless sea, the spacious land,
Whatever is great, or rich, or grand;—
All these, and more than eye can see,
The Lord has made for love of me.

And he has made these works divine,
To win this wayward heart of mine;
To make me do his blessed will,
And daily love him better still.

Yet, Lord, my heart’s best love is giv’n
Not for these works of earth and heav’n;
For morning’s incense-breathing air,
Or evening’s charms however fair:

No I may thy holy name be blest
For this one gift above the rest,—
That having made all things for me,
Thou, Lord, hast made myself for thee.

Henry Formby, ed., First Series of Hymns and Songs for the Use of Catholic Schools and Families (London: Burns and Lambert, 1853).

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