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 O let me feel thee near me!
The world is ever near:
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear.
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

3 O let me hear thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will.
O speak to reassure me,
To hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.

4 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;
O give me grace to follow,
My Master and my friend.


1 Jesús, yo he prometido
servirte con amor;
concédeme tu gracia,
mi amigo y Salvador.
No temeré la lucha
si tú a mi lado estás,
ni perderé el camino
si tú guiando vas.

2 Estamos en el mundo
y abunda tentación;
muy suave es el engaño
Y necia la pasión.
Ven tú, Jesús, muy cerca
en mi necesidad,
y escuda al alma mía
de toda iniquidad.

3 Y si mi mente vaga,
ya incierta, ya veloz,
concédeme que escuche,
Jesús, tu clara voz.
Anímame si dudo;
Inspírame también;
repréndeme si temo
en todo hacer el bien.

4 Jesús, tú has prometido
a todo aquel que va
siguiendo tus pisadas,
que al cielo llegará.
Sosténme en el camino,
y al fin, con dulce amor,
trasládame a tu gloria,
mi amigo y Salvador.

Source: Santo, Santo, Santo: cantos para el pueblo de Dios = Holy, Holy, Holy: songs for the people of God #623

Author: John Ernest Bode

John E. Bode (b. St. Pancras, England, 1816; d. Castle Camps, Cambridgeshire, England, 1874) A fine student at Christ Church, Oxford, England, and a prominent scholar who gave the famous Bampton Lectures ("for the exposition and defense of the Christian faith") at Oxford in 1855, was a rector in Westwell, Oxfordshire, and in Castle Camps. This gifted poet and hymn writer published Hymns for the Gospel of the Day, for Each Sunday and Festivals of Our Lord in 1860. Bert Polman… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Author: John Ernest Bode (1869)
Meter: D
Place of Origin: Cambridgeshire, England
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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