O Thou, my Soul

O thou, my soul, forget no more

Author: Pal Krishnu; Translator: Josuha Marshman (1801)
Published in 95 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O thou, my soul, forget no more,
The Friend who all thy sorrows bore,
Let every idol be forgot;
But, O my soul, forget him not.

2 Renounce thy works and ways, with grief,
And fly to this divine relief;
Nor him forget, who left his throne,
And for thy life gave up his own.

3 Eternal truth and mercy shine
In him, and he himself is thine:
And canst thou, then, with sin beset,
Such charms, such matchless charms forget?

4 Oh, no: till life itself depart,
His name shall cheer and warm my heart;
And, lisping this, from earth I'll rise,
And join the chorus of the skies.

Source: Laudes Domini: a selection of spiritual songs ancient & modern (Abr. ed.) #523

Author: Pal Krishnu

Krishnu Pal, the first Hindoo who was baptized in Bengal, was born about 1764, and baptized at Serampore by the celebrated Baptist missionary, William Carey, on Dec. 28, 1800. He became a useful Christian minister, and wrote several hymns in the Bengali language. One of these was translated into English by Dr. Marshman in 1801 as "O thou, my soul, forget no more" (Christ the Friend). It was included in the 27th ed. of Rippon's Baptist Selection, 1827, No. 170, Pt. 2, in 6 stanzas of 4 lines, in Bickersteth's Christian Psalmody, 1833, in 5 stanzas, and again in later collections, including the Baptist Hymnal, 1879, and others. Krishnu died at Serampore, Aug. 22,1822. [Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A.] --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1… Go to person page >

Translator: Josuha Marshman

Marshman, Joshua, D.D., was born at Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, April 20, 1768, and educated for the Baptist ministry at the College at Bristol. In Oct. 1799 he joined Dr. Carey at Serampore, India. In 1826 he visited England, and returned to India in 1829. He died at Serampore, Dec. 5, 1837. His translation of Krishnu Pal's hymn is noted at p, 633, ii. In his Baptist Hymn Writers, Portland, U.S.A., Dr. Burrage attributes the original hymn, “Hail, precious book divine" (Holy Scripture) to him, but leaves its date and place of publication unnoted. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: O thou, my soul, forget no more
Title: O Thou, my Soul
Author: Pal Krishnu
Translator: Josuha Marshman (1801)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain





Henry Kemble Oliver (b. Beverly, MA, 1800; d. Salem, MA, 1885) composed FEDERAL STREET in 1832, possibly as an imitation of earlier psalm tunes in long meter. He took it to a music class taught by Lowell Mason (who may have contributed to the harmony); Mason (PHH 96) published it in his Boston Acade…

Go to tune page >



The Cyber Hymnal #5382
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

The Baptist Hymnal #445


The Cyber Hymnal #5382

Include 93 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us