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[My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine] (Gordon)

Composer: A. J. Gordon

Gordon, Adoniram Judson, D.D., born at New Hampton, N.H., Apr. 19, 1836. Graduated at Brown University, 1860; entered the Baptist ministry; Pastor of Clarendon Street Baptist Church, Boston, 1869; and died in 1895. He published The Vestry Hymn and Tune Book, 1872; and was one of the editors of the Service of Song for Baptist Churches, 1871. His hymns in common use include:— 1. O blessed Paraclete. [Holy Spirit .] Given in Sursum Corda, 1898, as having been written in 1890. 2. O Spirit's anointing, for service appointing . [Foreign Missions.] This hymn was "written in the summer of 1886, at Northfield School for Bible Study, organised by Mr. Moody. More than one hundred college students connected with this s… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: A. J. Gordon (1876)
Incipit: 13443 2132D 77U11 3443
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain


My Jesus, I Love Thee

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
for thee all the follies of sin I resign;
my gracious Redeemer, my Savior art thou;
if ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

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In 1870 Featherstone's text came to the attention of Adoniram J. Gordon (b. New Hampton, NH, 1836; d. Boston, MA, 1895), an evangelical preacher who was compiling a new Baptist hymnal. Because he was unhappy with the existing melody for this text, Gordon composed this tune; as he wrote, "in a moment of inspiration, a beautiful new air sang itself to me." Named for the composer, GORDON was first published in the 1876 edition of Caldwell and Gordon's The Service of Song for Baptist Churches. Gordon, who was named after Adoniram Judson (1788-1850), the pioneering Baptist missionary to India and Burma, was educated at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, and Newton Theological Seminary, Newton, Massachusetts. After being ordained in 1863, he served the Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and the Clarendon Street Baptist Church, Boston. A close friend of Dwight L. Moody, he promoted evangelism and edited The Service of Song for Baptist Churches (1871) as well as The Vestry Hymn and Tune Book (1872). Both Gordon College and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary are named after Gordon. Sing this rounded bar form (AABA) tune in harmony throughout. It is a beautiful candidate for singing with little or no accompaniment. Do not rush the long phrases. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1989


Baptist Hymnal 1991 #210
Text: My Jesus, I Love Thee
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #76
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #2059
Text: Great Shepherd Who Leadest Thy People in Love
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #3025
Text: I Once was a Stranger
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #4278
Text: My Jesus, I Love Thee
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #5108
Text: O Lord, Life Is Sacred
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
The Cyber Hymnal #7910
Text: A Voice From the Desert
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #557
Text: My Jesus, I Love Thee
The United Methodist Hymnal #172
Text: My Jesus, I Love Thee
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
Worship and Rejoice #468
Text: My Jesus, I Love Thee


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African American Heritage Hymnal #574TextPage Scan
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #193
Baptist Hymnal 1991 #210TextAudioPage Scan
Baptist Hymnal 2008 #552Text
Celebrating Grace Hymnal #361TextPage Scan
Chalice Hymnal #349TextPage Scan
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #76ScoreAudio
Hinário para o Culto Cristão #62
Hymnal: A Worship Book #522
Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #65Text
Hymns of Faith #31TextPage Scan
Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #34TextPage Scan
Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #204
Hymns to the Living God #235TextPage Scan
Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #364Text
Lift Every Voice and Sing II: an African American hymnal #89TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #366TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #386Page Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #557Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice Hymns #472
Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #275TextPage Scan
Secular Hymnal: 144 hymn tunes made inclusive for all #134TextPage Scan
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #321
Sheng tu shi ge = Hymnary (聖徒詩歌) #225
Sing Joyfully #262Text
Small Church Music #150Audio
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #174
The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #79Text
The Christian Life Hymnal #61
The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #370
The Cyber Hymnal #2059TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3025TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4278TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #5108TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7910TextScoreAudio
The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #364TextPage Scan
The New National Baptist Hymnal #39
The United Methodist Hymnal #172TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal Music Supplement #148
The Worshiping Church #101TextFlexscorePage Scan
Timeless Truths #292TextAudio
Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #648TextFlexscorePage Scan
Worship and Rejoice #468TextScoreAudioPage Scan
生命聖詩 - Hymns of Life, 1986 #301Text
찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #321
Include 239 pre-1979 instances
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