Jesus, Engrave it

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1 Jesus! engrave it on my heart,
That Thou the One thing needful art:
I could from all things parted be,
But never, never, Lord, for Thee!

2 Needful is Thy most precious blood,
To reconcile my soul to God;
Needful in Thy indulgent care;
Needful Thy all-prevailing prayer.

3 Needful Thy presence, dearest Lord!
True peace and comfort to afford;
Needful Thy promise, to impart
Fresh life and vigor to my heart.

4 Needful art Thou, my Guide! my Stay!
Thro' all life's dark and weary way;
Nor less in death Thou'lt needful be,
To bring my spirit home to Thee.

5 Then needful still my God! my King!
Thy Name eternally I'll sing:
Glory and praise be ever His,
The One Thing needful, Jesus is!


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #183

Author: Samuel Medley

Medley, Samuel, born June 23, 1738, at Cheshunt, Herts, where his father kept a school. He received a good education; but not liking the business to which he was apprenticed, he entered the Royal Navy. Having been severely wounded in a battle with the French fleet off Port Lagos, in 1759, he was obliged to retire from active service. A sermon by Dr. Watts, read to him about this time, led to his conversion. He joined the Baptist Church in Eagle Street, London, then under the care of Dr. Gifford, and shortly afterwards opened a school, which for several years he conducted with great success. Having begun to preach, he received, in 1767, a call to become pastor of the Baptist church at Watford. Thence, in 1772, he removed to Byrom Street, Liv… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, engrave it on my heart
Title: Jesus, Engrave it
Author: Samuel Medley
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

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TALLIS CANON is one of nine tunes Thomas Tallis (PHH 62) contributed to Matthew Parker's Psalter (around 1561). There it was used as a setting for Psalm 67. In the original tune the melody began in the tenor, followed by the soprano, and featured repeated phrases. Thomas Ravenscroft (PHH 59) publish…

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