O Jesus, when I think of Thee

O Jesus, when I think of Thee

Author: George W. Bethune (1847)
Published in 44 hymnals

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1 O Jesus, when I think of thee,
thy manger, cross, and throne,
my spirit trusts exultingly
in thee, and thee alone.

2 I see thee in thy weakness first;
then, glorious from thy shame,
I see thee death's strong fetters burst
and reach heav'n's mightiest name.

3 O let me share thy holy birth,
thy faith, thy death to sin,
and, strong amidst the toils of earth,
my heav'nly life begin.

4 Then shall I know what means the strain
triumphant of Saint Paul,
“To live is Christ, to die is gain:
Christ is my All in all!”

Source: Rejoice in the Lord #361

Author: George W. Bethune

Bethune, George Washington, D.D. A very eminent divine of the Reformed Dutch body, born in New York, 1805, graduated at Dickinson Coll., Carlisle, Phila., 1822, and studied theology at Princeton. In 1827 he was appointed Pastor of the Reformed Dutch Church, Rinebeck, New York. In 1830 passed to Utica, in 1834 to Philadelphia, and in 1850 to the Brooklyn Heights, New York. In 1861 he visited Florence, Italy, for his health, and died in that city, almost suddenly after preaching, April 27, 1862. His Life and Letters were edited by A. R. Van Nest, 1867. He was offered the Chancellorship of New York University, and the Provostship of the University of Pennsylvania, both of which he declined. His works include The Fruits of the Spirit, 1839; Ser… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Jesus, when I think of Thee
Author: George W. Bethune (1847)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain


O Jesus, when I think of Thee. Easter. This is said to bear the date of 1847. It was first published in his Life, &c, 1867. Included in Lyra Sacra Americana (where it is stated to have been found in manuscripts amongst the author's papers), and from the Lyra into English collections. It is an Easter hymn of no special merit.

-John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


ST. AGNES (Dykes)

John B. Dykes (PHH 147) composed ST. AGNES for [Jesus the Very Thought of Thee]. Dykes named the tune after a young Roman Christian woman who was martyred in A.D. 304 during the reign of Diocletian. St. Agnes was sentenced to death for refusing to marry a nobleman to whom she said, "I am already eng…

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CHILDHOOD (Dickinson)



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