CC Madhya 11.149

śivānande kahe prabhu, — tomāra āmāte
gāḍha anurāga haya, jāni āge haite
Word for word: 
śivānande — unto Śivānanda Sena; kahe — says; prabhu — the Lord; tomāra — your; āmāte — upon Me; gāḍha anurāga — deep affection; haya — there is; jāni — I know; āge haite — from the very beginning.
Translation: 
Then turning toward Śivānanda Sena, the Lord said, “I know that from the very beginning your affection for Me has been very great.”