If I Have Not Charity
Words: anonymous, from 1 Cor 13
1. Tho' I speak with tongues of men, Tho' I speak as angels, If I have not charity I am become as nothing I become as sounding brass, Or a tinkling cymbal; With the gift of prophecy, Still I am as nothing. 2. Tho' I know all mysteries, Tho' I have all knowledge, If I have not charity, I am become as nothing. Tho' I give all I possess, Let my body burn; If I have not charity, Then I am as nothing. 3. Charity will suffer long, Charity is kind, Envies not nor vaunts itself, Behaveth not unseemly. Seeketh not to have here way, Nor is eas'ly angered; If I have not charity, Then I am as nothing. 4. Charity rejoiceth not in iniquity, But rejoiceth in the truth; Believes and bears all things; Hopes all things, endures all things; Never thinketh evil. If I have not charity, Then I am as nothing. 5. Whether there be prophecies, Whether there be knowledge, These shall likewise pass away, But charity remaineth. Faith and hope and charity; All of these abide; But among the three of these, Charity is greatest.