by Jeanne Marie de la Motte-Guyon (1648-1717), translator unknown, taken from The Christian Book of Mystical Verse, edited by A. W. Tozer (Harrisburg, PA: Christian Publications, 1963).
I love my God, but with no love of mine,
For I have none to give;
I love thee, Lord; but all the love is Thine,
For by thy life I live.
I am as nothing, and rejoice to be
Emptied, and lost, and swallowed up in Thee.
Thou, Lord, alone, art all Thy children need,
And there is none beside;
From Thee the streams of blessedness proceed
In Thee the blest abide, —
Fountain of life, and all-abounding grace,
Our source, our center, and our dwelling place.