748. O Jesus, I have promised

1 O Jesus, I have promised
to serve thee to the end;
be thou for ever 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.

5 O let me see thy foot-marks,
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 Saviour and my Friend.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Author: John Ernest Bode (1816-1874)
Meter: 76 76 D
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ;
Topic: Christian Initiation; Children and All-Age Worship; Commitment (12 more...)
Notes: May also be sung to THORNBURY (505).
Tune Information
Composer: William Harold Ferguson (1872-1950)
Meter: 76 76 D
Key: A Major
Copyright: Reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. All righcs reserved.

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