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