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Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me

Representative Text

1 O Thou, my Jesus, Thou didst me
Upon the cross embrace;
For me didst bear the nails and spear,
And manifold disgrace,
And griefs and torments numberless,
And sweat of agony,—
E’en death itself—and all for one
Who was Thine enemy!

O Heav’nly love! as fragrance sweet,
That one might pour upon Thy feet;
My ransomed soul an offering
To Thee, my Lord, O let me bring!

2 O why, Thou blessed Jesus Christ,
Should I not love Thee well?
Not with the hope of winning heav’n,
Nor of escaping hell;
Not with the thought of gaining aught,
Nor seeking a reward;
But as Thyself hast loved me,
O ever loving Lord! [Refrain]

3 My God, I love Thee, not because
I hope for heav’n thereby;
Nor yet that they who love thee not
Must burn eternally;
But all because Thou lovest me,
A sinner dead in sin,
And hast Thy Spirit given me,
And wrought Thy love within. [Refrain]

Source: Revival Hymns: a Collection of New and Standard Hymns for Gospel and social meetings, Sunday schools and Young People's Societies #140

Author: St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary saint of the Roman Catholic Church, was the son of Don John Giasso and Donna Maria d'Azpilqueta y Xavier; he was born at the castle Xavier, near Pampeluna, Spain, on April 7, 1506, and is known to history by his mother's name. At the age of eighteen he entered the University of Paris, where in due course he graduated, and then devoted himself to teaching. It was here that he became acquainted with Ignatius Loyola the founder of the Jesuits, who was then planning the colossal work which he afterwards accomplished. Xavier became one of the first nine of Loyola's converts, and the most enthusiastic of the little band. The date of the formation of the Order of the Jesuits is given as Aug. 15, 1534, and t… Go to person page >

Translator: Edward Caswall

Edward Caswall was born in 1814, at Yately, in Hampshire, where his father was a clergyman. In 1832, he went to Brasenose College, Oxford, and in 1836, took a second-class in classics. His humorous work, "The Art of Pluck," was published in 1835; it is still selling at Oxford, having passed through many editions. In 1838, he was ordained Deacon, and in 1839, Priest. He became perpetural Curate of Stratford-sub-Castle in 1840. In 1841, he resigned his incumbency and visited Ireland. In 1847, he joined the Church of Rome. In 1850, he was admitted into the Congregation of the Oratory at Birmingham, where he has since remained. He has published several works in prose and poetry. --Annotations of the Hymnal, Charles Hutchins, M.A. 1872… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Thou, O my Jesus, thou didst me
Author: St. Francis Xavier
Translator: Edward Caswall
Refrain First Line: O heavenly love, as fragrance sweet



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A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the United Brethren in Christ #299

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Christian Praise #189

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Gloria Deo #373

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Hymnal of the Presbyterian Church #224

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church #d127

Hymnal of the Reformed Episcopal Church, adopted in General Council, Chicago, May 1879 #d315

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Hymns for the Church of Christ (3rd thousand) #306

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Hymns for the Church of Christ. (6th thousand) #306

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Hymns for the Sanctuary and Social Worship #547

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In Excelsis #542

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Plymouth Collection of Hymns and Tunes; for the use of Christian Congregations #424

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Revival Hymns #90

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Revival Hymns #140

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Songs for the Sanctuary, or Hymns and Tunes for Christian Worship #ad1123

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Songs for the Sanctuary #317

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Songs for the Sanctuary #317

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Songs for the Sanctuary #317

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Baptist Ed.) #317

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Songs for the Sanctuary; or, Psalms and Hymns for Christian Worship (Words only) #317

Songs of Christian Praise with Music #d569

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Songs of the Church #451

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The Baptist Hymn and Tune Book #424

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The Congregational Hymn Book #529

The Friends' Hymnal, a Collection of Hymns and Tunes for the Public Worship of the Society #d631

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The New Congregational Hymn and Tune Book, for Public, Social and Private Worship #308

The Plymouth Hymnal #d543

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The Plymouth Sabbath School Collection of Hymns and Tunes #95

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Union Prayer Meeting Hymns #d214

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