Jean Ingelow, 1878
I sought the Lord, and afterward I knew
He moved my soul to seek Him, seeking me.
It was not I that found, O Savior true,
No, I was found of Thee.
Thou didst reach forth Thy hand and mine enfold,
I walked and sank not on the storm-vexed sea.
‘Twas not so much that I on Thee took hold
As Thou, dear Lord, on me.
I find, I walk, I love, but, oh, the whole
Of love is but my answer, Lord, to Thee!
For Thou wert long beforehand with my soul,
Always Thou lovedst me.