211a. How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

1 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
it soothes our sorrows, heals our wounds,
and drives away our fear.

2 It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
it satisfies the hungry soul,
and gives the weary rest.

3 Dear name, the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place;
my never-failing treasury, filled
with boundless stores of grace!

4 Jesus, my shepherd, guardian, friend,
my prophet, priest and king,
my Lord, my life, my way, my end —
accept the praise I bring.

5 Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see you as you are,
I'll praise you as I ought.

6 Till then I would your love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of your name
refresh my soul in death.

Text Information
First Line: How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
Author: J. Newton (1725-1807)
Publication Date: 1987
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Topic: Advent 4: The Annunciation; Christ the Friend of Sinners; Christ the Healer (6 more...)
Tune Information
Composer: A. R. Reinagle (1799-1877)
Meter: 8 6 8 6 (CM)
Key: D Major
Notes: Alternative tune: RACHEL (211b)

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