I give my heart to Thee, O Jesus most desired

Translator: Ray Palmer

Palmer, Ray, D.D., son of the Hon. Thomas Palmer, a Judge in Rhode Island, was born at Little Compton, Rhode Island, Nov. 12, 1808. His early life was spent at Boston, where he was for some time clerk in a dry-goods store. At Boston he joined the Park Street Congregational Church, then under the pastoral care of Dr. S. E. Dwight. After spending three years at Phillips Academy, Andover, he entered Yale College, New Haven, where he graduated in 1830. In 1835 he became pastor of the Central Congregational Church, Bath, Maine. During his pastorate there he visited Europe in 1847. In 1850 he was appointed to the First Congregational Church, at Albany, New York, and in 1865 Corresponding Secretary to the American Congregational Union, New York. H… Go to person page >

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First Line: I give my heart to Thee, O Jesus most desired
Translator: Ray Palmer
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


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)



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