248. I Greet My Sure Redeemer

1 I greet my sure Redeemer and my King.
You are my trust; accept the love I bring.
What pain you suffered, Jesus, for my sake;
I pray you from our hearts all cares to take.

2 You are the King of mercy and of grace,
reigning omnipotent in every place;
so come, O King, and our whole being sway;
shine on us with the light of your pure day.

3 You are the life by which alone we live
and all our substance and our strength receive.
Sustain us by your faith and by your power,
and give us strength in every trying hour.

4 You have the true and perfect gentleness.
You have no harshness and no bitterness.
Lord, grant to us the grace in you we see
that we may live in perfect unity.

5 Our hope is founded on your holy Word.
Our faith is built on every promise, Lord.
Grant us your peace; make us so strong and pure
that we may conquerors be, all ills endure.

Text Information
First Line: I greet my sure Redeemer and my King
Title: I Greet My Sure Redeemer
Translator: Elizabeth L. Smith (1868, alt.)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Language: English
Publication Date: 1987
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Temptation & Trial; Opening of Worship; Atonement (6 more...)
Source: French, 1545
Tune Information
Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1564)
Meter: 10 10 10 10
Key: G Major
Source: Louis Bourgeois' melody for Psalm 101, adapt. from

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st.1 = Isa. 12:2, Isa. 40:1-2
st.2 = Luke 1: 78-79, Isa. 60:20
st.3 = Acts 17:28
st.4 = Eph. 4:3

The strong text of "I Greet My Sure Redeemer" features many themes suitable to various times and places of Christian worship – indeed, to all Christian living: Jesus is my Redeemer, whom I love (st. 1); Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords (st. 2); Jesus lives in us and enables us to live (st. 3); Jesus is our model for personal growth and community (st. 4); Jesus is revealed in the Scriptures (st. 5).

The original French text, 'Je te salue, mon certain Redempteur," was published in the 1545 Strasbourg edition of Clement Marot's Psalms and appears to be a Protestant version of the Roman Catholic hymn "Salve Regina." The French text was later printed in Opera, volume 6 of an 1868 edition of John Calvin's works, and has been attributed to Calvin himself. However, modern scholars such as Pierre Pidoux have found no real proof for Calvin's authorship, and Calvin (unlike Luther) left no heritage of adapting Roman Catholic texts. The translation (1868) is mostly the work of Elizabeth L. Smith; it was published in Philip Schaff's Christ in Song (New York, 1869).

Elizabeth Lee Allen Smith (b. Hanover, NH, 1817; d. New York, 1898) was the daughter of the theologian, college president, and hymn writer William Allen (who published his Psalms and Hymns in 1835). In 1843 she married Henry Boynton Smith, who served on the faculty of Union Theological Seminary in New York City (1850-1877). Well-versed in various languages, she traveled with her husband in Europe in 1869, where he sought to recuperate from physical and mental collapse. Writer of her husband's memoirs, she also inherited an interest in hymnody from her father and translated hymns from German and French.

Smith's translation of this text came to eight stanzas in the same meter as the French original (10 10 666 666) and began with the words "I greet Thee, who my sure Redeemer art." It is not known who condensed the text to fit the 10 10 10 10 meter found in modern hymnals. The stanzas in the Psalter Hymnal are adapted from Smith's first five stanzas.

Liturgical Use:
Many occasions in Christian worship.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Tune Information:

JE TE SALUE is named after the original French text and is an altered version of GENEVAN 101 (101). Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed the original GENEVAN 101 for the 1551 Genevan Psalter. A comparison of 248 and 101 will show how the original tune has been extended to fit four textual lines of ten metrical feet. It is unknown who adapted the tune this way. To avoid confusion between this tune and GENEVAN 101, play it through entirely before signaling the congregation to sing. The suggested alternate tune, TOULON (521), is also an adaptation of a Genevan tune (for Ps. 124).

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook

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