Jesus, gentlest Savior

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1 Jesus, gentlest Saviour,
God of might and power,
Thou thyself art dwelling
With us at this hour.

2 Nature cannot hold thee,
Heav'n is all too strait
For thine endless glory
And thy royal state.

3 Out beyond the shining
Of the farthest star,
Thou art ever stretching
Infinitely far.

4 Yet the hearts of children
Hold what worlds cannot,
And the God of wonders
Loves the lowly spot.

5 Jesus, gentlest Saviour,
Thou art with us now;
Fill us with thy goodness
Till our hearts o'erflow.

6 Multiply our graces,
Give us love and fear,
And, dear Lord, the chiefest,
Grace to persevere.


Source: Worship and Service Hymnal: For Church, School, and Home #497

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus, gentlest Savior, God of might and power
Title: Jesus, gentlest Savior
Author: Frederick W. Faber (1854)
Language: English


Jesus, gentlest [holy] Saviour, God of might, &c. F. W. Faber. [Holy Communion.] This hymn of “Thanksgiving after Communion" was published in his Oratory Hymns, n.d. [1854], No. 20, in 12 stanzas of 4 lines; and again in his Hymns, 1862, No. 91. It is given in its full form in some Roman Catholic hymn-books for Missions and Schools, and altered and abbreviated in various collections, including (1) the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Church Hymns, 1871, as "Jesu, Lord and Saviour"; (2) J. G. Gregory's Bonchurch Hymn Book, 1868, as "Jesus, holy Saviour"; (3) Mrs. Brock's Children's Hymn Book, 1881, as "Jesu, gentlest Saviour"; and (4) Martineau's Hymns, 1873, as "Father, gracious Father." In Nicholson's Appendix Hymnal, 1866, the hymn is divided into two parts, Pt. ii. beginning "Jesu, dear Redeemer." In these various forms its use is extensive. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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