724. O Jesus, I Have Promised

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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.

4 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.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Title: O Jesus, I Have Promised
Author: John Ernest Bode (1866, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: 1 Samuel 3:10; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 119:151; Luke 9:23-24; Luke 9:57-62; John 12:26; John 14:3; John 15:14; Romans 6:12-23; Romans 12:11; 2 Corinthians 5:15; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 2:25; Revelation 14:13
Topic: Baptism; Commitment; Discipleship and Mission (4 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: Arthur Henry Mann (1881)
Key: G Major or modal
Notes: alternate tune: NYLAND, 725

Text Information:

Written to highlight the promises made by the author’s daughter and two sons at their confirmation, this text equally well recalls the promises of discipleship made in Baptism and in the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant. The tune was written for a text now unused.

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