My Music - Wealth and Love
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Composed: 1994
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Rigdom og kærlighed  - Midi

1. Hvis en mand gav sin rigdom for kærlighed,
ville nogen da ringeagte ham?
Det at gi’ hvad man ejer for sin elskede,
det er mer end at eje alt på jord.
Jeg vil synge en sang om en kongesøn
mere mægtig end Salomo selv.
Han var faldet for verdens allerdejligste,
hun var skøn,
og hun fyldte hans liv med sang.

2. Og han gav al sin rigdom for kærlighed,
ingen skat var så kær for ham som hun.
Han forkælede hende med en gaveregn,
hvad han ejede, lod han hende få.
Han gav afkald på tronen for hendes skyld,
og hans fortrin blev taget bort fra ham.
Som en tigger gik prinsen til sin kære ind,
faldt på knæ
for at trygle om hendes gunst.

3. Skønt han gav al sin rigdom for kærlighed,
var der mange, der ringeagted ham,
og de tog ham til fange for at myrde ham,
og han døde i deres hån og spot.
Han gav afkald på alting for hendes skyld;
og nu gav han endog sit eget liv.
Men hans kærlighed var for stærk for dødsriget;
han stod op,
han besejrede dødens magt!

4. Ingen vande kan slukke hans kærlighed,
ingen floder kan skylle den bort.
Vil du knuse hans hjerte i din ringeagt?
Kære Jesus, bevar mig dog fra det!
Jeg vil gengælde dig al din kærlighed,
Herre, hjælp mig at brænde kun for dig!
For min eneste rigdom er din kærlighed,
lad den gro,
lad den bære sin frugt i mig!

JE (Højs 8,6-7)

Wealth and Love

If a man gave away his riches for love,
who would look down on him?
To give what one owns for one's beloved
is more than to own the whole world.
I will sing a song about a prince
more wealthy than Solomon himself.
He had fallen for the most lovely one in the world,
she was beautiful,
and she filled his life with songs.

And he gave away all of his riches for love,
no treasure was so dear to him as she.
He spoiled her with a shower of gifts,
he let her have evrything that he owned.
Like a beggar went the prince to his darling
fell to his knees
to try to win her favour.

Although he gave away all of his riches for love,
many people looked down on him,
and the imprisoned him to kill him,
and he died in their scorn and riddling.
He resigned everything for her,
and now he even gave his life.
But his love was to great for hell;
he stood up,
he defeated the power of death!

Many waters cannot quench love,
neither can the floods drown it:
Will you crush his heart with contempt?
Dear Jesus, preserve me from that!
I will repay your love,
O Lord, help me to burn only for you!
Because my only riches is your love,
let it grow,
let it bear fruit in me!


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