Lord Jesus, Think on Me

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1 Lord Jesus, think on me,
and purge away my sin;
from earth-born passions set me free,
and make me pure within.

2 Lord Jesus, think on me,
with care and woe oppressed,
let me Thy loving servant be,
and taste Thy promised rest.

3 Lord Jesus, think on me,
nor let me go astray;
through darkness and perplexity
point Thou the heav'nly way.

4 Lord Jesus, think on me,
that, when the flood is past,
I may eternal brightness see,
and share Thy joy at last.

Source: Hymns to the Living God #85

Translator: Allen William Chatfield

Chatfield, Allen William, M.A., born at Chatteris, Oct. 2nd, 1808, and educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Bell's Univ. Scholar and Members' Prizeman. He graduated in 1831, taking a first class in classical honours. Taking Holy Orders in 1832, he was from 1833 to 1847 Vicar of Stotfold, Bedfordshire; and since 1847 Vicar of Much-Marcle, Herefordshire. Mr. Chatfield has published various Sermons from time to time. His Litany, &c. [Prayer Book] in Greek verse is admirable, and has been commended by many eminent scholars. His Songs and Hymns of Earliest Greek Christian Poets, Bishops, and others, translated into English Verse, 1876, has not received the attention of hymnal compilers which it merits. One… Go to person page >

Author: Synesius of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais

Synesius, a native of Cyrene, born circa 375. His descent was illustrious. His pedigree extended through seventeen centuries, and in the words of Gibbon, "could not be equalled in the history of mankind." He became distinguished for his eloquence and philosophy, and as a statesman and patriot he took a noble stand. When the Goths were threatening his country he went to the court of Arcadius, and for three years tried to rouse it to the dangers that were coming on the empire. But Gibbon says, ”The court of Arcadius indulged the zeal, applauded the eloquence, and neglected the advice of Synesius." In 410 he was made Bishop of Ptolemaïs, but much against his will. He died in 430. Synesius's opinions have been variously estimated. That he wa… Go to person page >

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First Line: Lord Jesus, think on me
Title: Lord Jesus, Think on Me
Greek Title: Μνώεο Χριτέ (Mnōeo Christe)
Translator: Allen William Chatfield
Author: Synesius of Cyrene, Bishop of Ptolemais
Meter: 6.6.8.6
Language: English
Publication Date: 2005
Copyright: Public Domain

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Lord Jesu, think on me, p. 760, ii. In Church Hymns, 1903, the cento is composed of Mr. Chatfield's original translations, stanzas ii.,iii.,v.,vi.,vii. and ix., as slightly altered in Thring's Collection, 1882; and in the 1904 ed. of Hymns Ancient & Modern. the stanzas from the original translation are ii., iii., v., vii., unaltered except that the opening words read "Lord Jesus," &c. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)

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