Ray Palmer (b. Little Compton, RI, 1808; d. Newark, NJ, 1887) is often considered to be one of America's best nineteenth-century hymn writers. After completing grammar school he worked in a Boston dry goods store, but a religious awakening prodded him to study for the ministry. He attended Yale College (supporting himself by teaching) and was ordained in 1835. A pastor in Congregational churches in Bath, Maine (1835-1850), and Albany, New York (1850-1865), he also served as secretary of the American Congregational Union (1865-1878). Palmer was a popular preacher and author, writing original poetry as well as translating hymns. He published several volumes of poetry and hymns, including Sabbath Hymn Book (1858), Hymns and Sacred Pieces (1865… Go to person page >
Cor meum Tibi dedo, Jesu dulcissime. [Gift of the heart to Jesus.] The authorship and date of this hymn are unknown. The text, under the heading "Ad Jesum," and in 4 stanzas of 6 lines, is in Daniel, vol. ii. p. 370; the Hymnodia Sacra, Münster, 1753, p. 152, and the Psalteriolum cantionum Catholicarum, Cologne, 1722, p. 50. Translated as— I give my heart to Thee, by Ray Palmer. Concerning this translation Dr. Schaff says in his Christ in Song, 1869-70, that the Latin text was freely and happily reproduced by the Rev. Dr. Ray Palmer, for this collection, Aug. 20, 1868. I know of no other English version." Dr Littledale's translation, however, was published some four years before. Dr. Palmer's translation was repeated, with alterations, in the 1869 Supplement to the New Congregational Hymn Book.
-Excerpts from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
Display Title: I give my heart to TheeFirst Line: I give my heart to TheeTune Title: ICH HALTE TREULICH STILLAuthor: Anonymous; Ray Palmer, 1808-87Meter: D.S.M.Date: 1933Subject: The Christian Life | Dedication; The Christian Life | Trustfulness and Peace