O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord

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1. O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord!
Forgive me if I say,
For very love, Thy sacred name
A thousand times a day.

O Jesus, Lord, with me abide;
I rest in Thee, whate’er betide;
Thy gracious smile is my reward;
I love, I love Thee, Lord!

2. I love Thee so I know not how
My transports to control;
Thy love is like a burning fire
Within my very soul. [Refrain]

3. Burn, burn, O love, within my heart,
Burn fiercely night and day,
Till all the dross of earthly loves
Is burned, and burned away. [Refrain]

4. O light in darkness, joy in grief,
O heav’n begun on earth;
Jesus, my love, my treasure, who
Can tell what Thou art worth? [Refrain]

5. What limit is there to this love?
Thy flight, where wilt Thou stay?
On, on! our Lord is sweeter far
Today than yesterday. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5016

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Raised in the Church of England, Frederick W. Faber (b. Calverly, Yorkshire, England, 1814; d. Kensington, London, England, 1863) came from a Huguenot and strict Calvinistic family background. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and ordained in the Church of England in 1839. Influenced by the teaching of John Henry Newman, Faber followed Newman into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845 and served under Newman's supervision in the Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Because he believed that Roman Catholics should sing hymns like those written by John Newton, Charles Wesley, and William Cowpe, Faber wrote 150 hymns himself. One of his best known, "Faith of Our Fathers," originally had these words in its third stanza: "Faith of Our Fathers! Mary'… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord
Author: Frederick W. Faber


O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord. F. W. Faber. [Love to Jesus.] First published in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 10 stanza of 4 lines, headed "Jesus, my God, and my All"; and again in his Hymns, 1862. It is in common use in its full form, and also abbreviated to 5 stanzas, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. A cento therefrom, beginning with stanza vii., "O Light in darkness, Joy in grief” is No. 580 in the Hymnary, 1872.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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