Jesus I Will Never Leave

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1 Jesus I will never leave,
Who for me Himself hath given;
Firmly unto Him I'll cleave,
Nor from Him be ever driven.
Life from Him doth light receive--
Jesus I will never leave.

2 Jesus I will never leave
While on earth I am abiding;
What I have to Him I give,
In all cares in Him confiding.
Naught shall me of Him bereave--
Jesus I will never leave.

3 Though my sight shall pass away,
Hearing, taste, and feeling fail me;
Though my life's last light of day
Shall o'ertake and sore assail me;
When His summons I receive,
Jesus I will never leave.

4 Nor will I my Jesus leave
When at last I shall come thither
Where His saints He will receive,
Where is bliss they live together.
Endless joy to me He'll give--
Jesus I will never leave.

5 Nor for earth's vain joys I crave
Nor, without Him, heaven's pleasure;
Jesus, who my soul did save,
Evermore shall be my Treasure.
He redemption did achieve--
Jesus I will never leave.



Source: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #362

Author: Christian Keimann

Keimann, Christian, son of Zacharias Keimann, Lutheran pastor at Pankratz, in Bohemia, and after 1616 at Ober-Ullersdorf, was born at Pankratz, Feb. 27, 1607. In the autumn of 1627 he entered the University of Wittenberg, where he graduated M.A., March 19, 1634; and in the next month was appointed by the Town Council of Zittau as Conrector of their Gymnasium, of which he became Rector in 1638. He died at Zittau, Jan. 13, 1662 (Koch, iii. 369; Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie xv. 535, &c). Keimann was a distinguished teacher. He was the author of a number of scholastic publications, of a few Scriptural plays, and of some 13 hymns. Almost all of his hymns came into church use. They take high rank among those of the 17th century, being of gen… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus I will never leave
Title: Jesus I Will Never Leave
German Title: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
Author: Christian Keimann
Meter: 7.8.7.8.7.7
Source: Tr. composite
Language: English

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