My dear Jesus I'll not leave

Representative Text

1 My dear Jesus I'll not leave,
Who for me Himself hath given;
Therefore unto Him I'll cleave,
Nor from Him be ever driven;
Life from Him doth light receive:
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

2 Jesus will I never leave,
While on earth I am abiding;
My full trust He shall receive;
What I have without dividing,
All to Him I freely give:
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

3 Though my sight shall pass away,
Hearing, taste and feeling fail me;
Though the earth's last light of day
Shall o'ertake and sore assail me;
E'en when my last sigh I heave,
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

4 Nor will I my Jesus leave
When at length I shall come thither
Where His saints He will receive,
That in bliss they live together;
Endless joy to me He'll give;--
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

5 Not for earth's vain joys I crave,
Not for heaven's glorious pleasure;
Jesus who my soul did save
Shall be my Desire and Treasure;
He redemption did achieve:
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

6 Jesus shall I never leave,
To His side still firmly clinging:
Christ leads all who Him receive
To life's waters ever springing.
Blessed they who to Him cleave!--
My dear Jesus I'll not leave.

Source: Wartburg Hymnal: for church, school and home #268

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 >

Text Information

First Line: My dear Jesus I'll not leave
German Title: Meinen Jesum lass ich nicht
Author: Christian Keimann
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Selah Song Book (Das Sela Gesangbuch) (2nd ed) #279a

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Wartburg Hymnal #268

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