More love to Thee, O Christ

More love to Thee, O Christ. Elizabeth Prentiss* (1818-1878). Written in 1856, during a period of distress, with a final verse added later. Her husband said that it was ‘simply a prayer put into the form of a verse’ (Hustad, 1978, p. 125). It first appeared in leaflet form many years after its composition (1869). It was included in Songs of Devotion for Christian Associations, edited by William Howard Doane* (New York, 1870); and later in a great many American books of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, such as the Methodist Hymnal (New York, 1878), Hymns of the Kingdom of God (New York, 1911), edited by Henry Sloane Coffin* and Ambrose White Vernon (1870-1951), and the Presbyterian...

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