I Have Chosen Thee, My Savior

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1 I have chosen Thee, my Savior:
None so dear as Thou to me.
Yea, in Thee my soul rejoiceth
And the light of life doth see.
From my heart I therefore say,
Call and pray:
Jesus, come and claim Thou me,
Claim Thou me,
For my soul adoreth Thee.

2 I have chosen Thee, my Savior:
Thou hast suffered for my sin;
Thou my troubled soul dost comfort,
Helpest me life's crown to win.
From my heart I therefore say,
Call and pray:
Jesus, come and claim Thou me,
Claim Thou me,
For my soul adoreth Thee.

3 I have chosen Thee, my Savior:
Beautiful and fair Thou art,
Rich in love beyond all telling,
Solace for my longing heart.
From my heart I therefore say,
Call and pray:
Jesus, come and claim Thou me,
Claim Thou me,
For my soul adoreth Thee.

4 I have chosen Thee, my Savior:
Thou my refuge in distress!
In Thy sacred wounds cofiding,
For my sins I gain redress.
From my heart I therefore say,
Call and pray:
Jesus, come and claim Thou me,
Claim Thou me,
For my soul adoreth Thee.

5 I have chosen Thee, my Savior:
Let the happy day be blest
When Thy voice shall bid me welcome
To the saints' eternal rest!
From my heart I therefore say,
Call and pray:
Jesus, come and claim Thou me,
Claim Thou me,
For my soul adoreth Thee.

Source: American Lutheran Hymnal #550

Author: G. C. Schwaemmlein

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Translator: H. Brueckner

Born: March 11, 1866, Grundy County, Iowa (birth name: Herman Heinrich Moritz Brueckner). Died: January 25, 1942, Hebron, Nebraska (funeral held in Beatrice, Nebraska). Buried: St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Waverly, Iowa. After ordination in 1888, Brueckner pastored in Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. He later moved to Iowa City, Iowa, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Iowa State University in 1917. In 1926, he joined the faculty of Hebron College in Nebraska. In 1938, Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on him. He retired as professor emeritus from Hebron College in 1941. Sources: Erickson, p. 254 Findagrave, accessed 14 Nov 2016 Hustad, p. 213 Stulken, p.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I have chosen thee, my Savior
Title: I Have Chosen Thee, My Savior
Translator: H. Brueckner (1927)
Author: G. C. Schwaemmlein
Meter: 8.7.8.7.7.3.7.3.7
Language: English



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