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O Jesus, I have promised

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1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

2. Oh, let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
I dare not trust my judgment: Thy way shall be my will;
Oh, speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
Oh, speak, and help me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

3. O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end—
Oh, give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.

4. Oh, let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone;
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heav’n receive me, my Savior and my Friend.

Source: 50 Uncommon Songs: for partakers of the common salvation #27

Author: John E. Bode

Bode, John Ernest, M.A., son of Mr. William Bode, late of the General Post Office, b. 1816, and educated at Eton, the Charter House, and at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating B.A. 1837, and M.A. in due course. Taking Holy Orders in 1841, he became Rector of Westwell, Oxfordshire, 1847; and then of Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire, 1860. He was also for a time Tutor of his College, and Classical Examiner. His Bampton Lectures were delivered in 1855. He d. at Castle Camps, Oct. 6, 1874. In addition to his Bampton Lectures, and Ballads from Herodotus, he published Hymns from the Gospel of the Day for each Sunday and Festivals of our Lord, 1860; and Short Occasional Poems, Lond., Longmans, 1858. In addition to his well-known hymn, “O Jesu, I have… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Author: John E. Bode (1869)
Meter: D
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Jesus, I have promised, p. 839, i. The original text of this hymn, as in the 1869 Appendix to the S.P.C.K. Psalms & Hymns, has been restored in the 1904 edition of Hymns Ancient & Modern "O let me feel Thee near me," in the Boston Hymns for Church & Home, 1895, is composed of stanzas ii. and iii. of this hymn. The original appeared as a leaflet (No. 1468), issued by the S.P.C K. in 1868 as "Hymn for the Newly Confirmed."

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, New Supplement (1907)



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Baptist Hymnal 1991 #276
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The Cyber Hymnal #5024
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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #287
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Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #748Text
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #276TextAudioPage Scan
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Chalice Hymnal #612TextPage Scan
Church Hymnal, Fifth Edition #593
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #644aText
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Common Praise (1998) #438Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #538
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #503aPage Scan
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #503b
Complete Anglican Hymns Old and New #503c
Complete Mission Praise #501
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #810TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #724Text InfoTextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #725Text InfoTextAudio
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #655Text
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard Edition #235
Hymns and Psalms: a Methodist and ecumenical hymn book #704a
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Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #367
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #531Text
Hymns of Faith #168Text
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #463
Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #556a
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Small Church Music #231Audio
Small Church Music #232Audio
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The Cyber Hymnal #5024TextScoreAudio
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The New Century Hymnal #493TextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #420Text
The United Methodist Hymnal #396TextFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
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