389. O Jesus, I Have Promised

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1 O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle if Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway if Thou wilt be my Guide.

2 O let me feel Thee near me! The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle, the tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me, around me and within;
But Jesus, draw Thou nearer, and shield my soul from sin.

3 O let me hear Thee speaking in accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion, the murmurs of self will.
O speak to reassure me, to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen, Thou Guardian of my soul.

4 O Jesus, Thou hast promised to all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory there shall Thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.

Text Information
First Line: O Jesus, I have promised
Title: O Jesus, I Have Promised
Author: John Ernest Bode (1866)
Meter: 7.6.7.6 D
Scripture: John 12:26; Hebrews 13:5-6
Language: English
Tune Information
Name: NYLAND
Adapter and Harmonizer: David Evans (1927)
Meter: 7 .6.7.6 D
Key: E♭ Major
Source: Finnish folk melody
Copyright: Adaptation and harmonization from the Revised Church Hymnary 1927; used by permission of Oxford University Press.



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