September 30, 2017
New Music Festival
Christ Church, Fitchburg, MA
Christ Church Choir, directed by Robert Potterton III
“Our Dwelling Place”, by Madame Jeanne Marie Guyon (translation unknown)
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!
The rich harmonies and intertwining lines of “Our Dwelling Place” express the ecstatic
experience of finding one’s sole identity in the Lord as described in the poem by Christian
mystic Madame Jeanne Marie Guyon.
For those who may use this piece in a religious setting, or for those who are simply curious, the
following are a list of Scriptures (not exhaustive) that relate to the themes of this poem:
Psalm 36:7-9; 42:1-2
Isaiah 41:17-20; 45:118-25
John 3:16; 4:7-26; 6: 25-26, 35; 14:6; 15:1-11
I John 4:7-21; 5:11-12, 20