Will You Love Me?

Firey sunset behind three crucifixes, which are shown in silhouette.  1 Will you give me your life forever? Will you carry my cross every day? Will you walk in the light of my presence? Will you follow the truth of my ways? Chorus: Will you love me as I have loved you? Will you live with me the darkness as I die? For the moon and the stars will be gone like the night, and the sun will be shining on you. 2 Like the purest of gold in the furnace, Is your love strong enough to endure? Does your faith carry on through the shadows? Does it shine in the night for the world? 3 Can you walk in the footprints of silence? Through the wilderness sands in the sun, From the desert of doubt and temptation. To the glorious mountain of fire?
This hymn about the challenge of loving God / Jesus, suggested for use at Easter or times of reflection, was written by Australian singer-songwriter Brian Boniwell.

It was originally released by Spectrum Publications, Melbourne, Australia in 1978, and later included on the album The Lord Delight, which they released in 1981, where it was sung by Roman Catholic priest and Carmelite friar Paul Gurr.

Later it was included in Boniwell's self-published collection (CD and songbook) Spirit of Love, which was released in 2000, and is still available.   This, or the Australian As One Voice volumes 1 & 2 combined edition, are the only known sources of sheet music for the song.

The song is set to an unnamed tune, also by Boniwell. This has a 4/4 time signature. In the key of G, the first few notes are B,C D_ DD E z GE E_ with accompanying chords G / C / G




Downloads


Examples


Solo singer (perhaps the author?) with backing track:



Original recording from The Lord Delights - sung by Paull Gurr, with classical guitar accompaniment:



Small choir with guitar - live recording in a church service:


Lyrics

The lyrics are copyright so cannot be reproduced here. But they are currently available on the SixMaddens website with the author's permission.   A rough outline is:
1 Will you give me your life forever? ....

Chorus:
Will you love me as I have loved you?
Will you live with me the darkness as I die?
For the moon and the stars will be gone like the night,
And the sun will be shining on you.

2 Like the purest of gold in the furnace ...

3 Can you walk in the footprints of silence ....

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