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[Jesus loves me! this I know]

Composer: William B. Bradbury

The churchgoing people of today are generally familiar with the name Wm. B. Bradbury. Many have cherished that name from childhood. Most of us began our musical experiences by singing his songs, and as early experiences are the most lasting, we will carry these melodies, with their happy associations, through life. Mr. Bradbury, in his day, created a style of juvenile music, especially Sunday-school music, that swept the country. He set the pattern for his successors in Sunday-school song-making, and those who have harped on the key-note that he struck have been most successful. True, we have improved some in the way of hymns, and a smoother voicing of the parts, but there are still many Sunday-school song writers who regard Mr. Bradbur… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: William B. Bradbury (1862)
Meter: 7 7 7 7 and refrian
Incipit: 53323 5566U 1D665 55332
Key: C Major


Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

Jesus loves me, this I know,
for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.

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Alternative Tunes


William B. Bradbury (PHH 114) added a refrain line to Warner's stanzas and wrote the tune JESUS LOVES ME in 1861. The hymn was published in Bradbury's church school collection The Golden Shower (1862). The tune is also known as CHINA in some hymnals, presumably because of its popularity among missionaries to that land. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #344
Text: Jesus Loves Me
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #336
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #10867
Text: Jesus Loves Me
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #571
Text: Jesus Loves Me, This I Know
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #437
Text: Jesus Loves Me


Instances (1 - 55 of 55)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
African American Heritage Hymnal #335TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #369
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #344TextFlexscoreAudio
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #652TextFlexscorePage Scan
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #603TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #113Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #336ScoreAudio
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #564TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #179
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #595TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #188Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Himnos de la Iglesia #456
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #173
Hymnal: A Worship Book #341
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #462Text
Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #303Text
Hymns of Faith #251TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #57TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #491Text
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #218Text
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #709TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #588TextPage Scan
Mil Voces para Celebrar: Himnario Metodista #314
Moravian Book of Worship #726TextPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #555Page Scan
Praises We Sing (2nd ed.) #33
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #304TextPage Scan
Protestant Madagascar Hymnal, 2001 #469
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #571Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #690
Rejoice in the Lord #457TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #93TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #190
Sing Joyfully #341TextPage Scan
Sing With Me #209Text
Small Church Music #87Audio
Songs for Life #61Text
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #187
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #185Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #274
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #443
The Cyber Hymnal #10867TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #579Text
The New Century Hymnal #327Text
The New National Baptist Hymnal #465
The United Methodist Hymnal #191Audio
The Worshiping Church #470
This Far By Faith: an African American resource for worship #249TextPage Scan
Timeless Truths #599Text
Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #229
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #189TextFlexscorePage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #365
Worship and Rejoice #437TextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #513
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #342
Include 112 pre-1979 instances
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