Not I, But Christ

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Song Background

This song was written by Ada Whiddington (lyrics, 1891) with melodies penned by Albert Simpson and Frances Bolton.

The Bible verse that comes to mind with this song is what John the Baptist said when his disciples protested about Jesus’ growing popularity: “He must increase, I must decrease” (John 3:30)


1. Not I, but Christ, be honored, loved, exalted,
Not I, but Christ, be seen be known be heard,
Not I, but Christ in every look and action,
Not I but Christ in every thought and word.

2. Not I, but Christ to gently soothe in sorrow
Not I, but Christ to wipe the falling tear
Not I, but Christ to lift the weary burden
Not I, but Christ to hush away all fear

3. Christ, only Christ, no idle word e’er falling
Christ, only Christ, no needless bustling sound
Christ, only Christ, no self-important bearing,
Christ, only Christ, no trace of I be found.

4. Not I, but Christ my every need supplying
Not I, but Christ my strength and health to be
Christ, only Christ, for body, soul, and spirit
Christ, only Christ here and eternally

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