8329. O Jesus, I Have Promised

1 O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My master and my friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my guide.

2 O let me feel Thee near me!
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3 O let me hear Thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me,
To hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.

5 O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow,
My master and my friend.

6 O let me see Thy footprints,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then in Heaven receive me,
My Savior and my friend.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Title: O Jesus, I Have Promised
Author: John E. Bode (1868, alt.)
Meter: 76.76 D
Language: English
Source: Psalms and Hymns (Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, 1869)
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Bode wrote the words for his daughter’s and two sons’ confirmation service. At the time, Bode was a pastor in Castle Camps parish, Cambridgeshire, England. Alternate tunes: LLANBERIS by Samuel Wesley; LLANFYLLIN, traditional Welsh melody; WOLVERCOTE by William H. Ferguson
Tune Information
Name: ANGEL'S STORY
Composer: Arthur Henry Mann (1881)
Meter: 76.76 D
Key: G Major or modal
Source: The Methodist Sunday School Hymnbook (London: 1881)
Copyright: Public Domain



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