O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord

O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord

Author: Frederick W. Faber
Tune: [O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord]
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1. O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord!
Forgive me if I say,
For very love, Thy sacred name
A thousand times a day.

O Jesus, Lord, with me abide;
I rest in Thee, whate’er betide;
Thy gracious smile is my reward;
I love, I love Thee, Lord!

2. I love Thee so I know not how
My transports to control;
Thy love is like a burning fire
Within my very soul. [Refrain]

3. Burn, burn, O love, within my heart,
Burn fiercely night and day,
Till all the dross of earthly loves
Is burned, and burned away. [Refrain]

4. O light in darkness, joy in grief,
O heav’n begun on earth;
Jesus, my love, my treasure, who
Can tell what Thou art worth? [Refrain]

5. What limit is there to this love?
Thy flight, where wilt Thou stay?
On, on! our Lord is sweeter far
Today than yesterday. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #5016

Author: Frederick W. Faber

Faber, Frederick William, D.D., son of Mr. T. H. Faber, was born at Calverley Vicarage, Yorkshire, June 28, 1814, and educated at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating B.A. in 1836. He was for some time a Fellow of University College, in the same University. Taking Holy Orders in 1837, he became Rector of Elton, Huntingdonshire, in 1843, but in 1846 he seceded to the Church of Rome. After residing for some time at St. Wilfrid's, Staffordshire, he went to London in 1849, and established the London "Oratorians," or, "Priests of the Congregation of St. Philip Neri," in King William Street, Strand. In 1854 the Oratory was removed to Brompton. Dr. Faber died Sept. 26, 1863. Before his secession he published several prose works, some of which were… Go to person page >

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First Line: O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord
Author: Frederick W. Faber


O Jesus, Jesus, dearest Lord. F. W. Faber. [Love to Jesus.] First published in his Jesus and Mary, &c, 1849, in 10 stanza of 4 lines, headed "Jesus, my God, and my All"; and again in his Hymns, 1862. It is in common use in its full form, and also abbreviated to 5 stanzas, as in Hatfield's Church Hymn Book, N. Y., 1872. A cento therefrom, beginning with stanza vii., "O Light in darkness, Joy in grief” is No. 580 in the Hymnary, 1872.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)



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