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 Classic HYMN: My Jesus I Love Thee

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A Protestant Episcopal Bi­shop of Mi­chi­gan once re­lat­ed the fol­low­ing in­ci­dent to a large au­di­ence in one of the Rev. E. P. Ham­mond’s meet­ings in St. Lou­is. “A young, tal­ent­ed and ten­der-heart­ed ac­tress was pass­ing along the street of a large ci­ty. See­ing a pale, sick girl ly­ing up­on a couch just with­in the half-open door of a beau­ti­ful dwell­ing, she en­tered, with the thought that by her vi­va­ci­ty and plea­sant con­ver­sa­tion she might cheer the young in­va­lid. The sick girl was a de­vot­ed Christ­ian, and her words, her pa­tience, her sub­mis­sion and hea­ven-lit coun­te­nance, so dem­on­strat­ed the spir­it of her re­li­gion that the ac­tress was led to give some ear­nest thought to the claims of Christ­i­an­i­ty, and was tho­rough­ly con­vert­ed, and be­came a true fol­low­er of Christ. She told her fa­ther, the lead­er of the the­a­ter troupe, of her con­ver­sion, and of her de­sire to aban­don the stage, stat­ing that she could not live a con­sis­tent Christ­ian life and fol­low the life of an ac­tress. Her fa­ther was as­ton­ished be­yond mea­sure, and told his daugh­ter that their liv­ing would be lost to them and their bu­si­ness ru­ined, if she per­sist­ed in her re­so­lu­tion. Lov­ing her fa­ther dear­ly, she was shak­en some­what in her pur­pose, and par­tial­ly con­sent­ed to fill the pub­lished en­gage­ment to be met in a few days. She was the star of the troupe, and a gen­er­al fa­vo­rite. Ev­ery prep­a­ra­tion was made for the play in which she was to ap­pear. The ev­en­ing came and the fa­ther re­joiced that he had won back his daugh­ter, and that their liv­ing was not to be lost. The hour ar­rived; a large au­di­ence had as­sem­bled. The cur­tain rose, and the young ac­tress stepped for­ward firm­ly amid the ap­plause of the mul­ti­tude. But an un­wont­ed light beamed from her beau­ti­ful face. Amid the breath­less si­lence of the au­di­ence, she re­peat­ed:

‘My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.’

This was all. Through Christ she had con­quered and, leav­ing the au­di­ence in tears, she re­tired from the stage, ne­ver to ap­pear up­on it again. Through her in­flu­ence her fa­ther was con­vert­ed, and through their unit­ed evan­gel­is­tic la­bors ma­ny were led to God.”

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[b]My Jesus, I Love Thee[/b]
[i]Words: William R. Featherston, 1864; Featherston was only 16 years old at the time.[/i]

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.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.


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 Re: Classic HYMN: My Jesus I Love Thee

I have difficulty singing this hymn; it brings back powerful memories.

Over thirty years ago, as a young pastor, I knelt by the bed of an old saint. She was in her early nineties and life had been hard; she had been a widow for more than twenty years and her heart had broken when her sons turned their back on the Lord and then on her. Her friends were all gone and she was now quite blind. Her home was small and poor but there was never a word of complaint. Spurgeon used to encourage his students to be ‘oft at the death beds off the saints; it is a wonderful thing to see golden graces adorned with silver hairs.’

The last time I saw her she was bed-ridden. We talked and prayed together and then, without warning, she began to sing. Her voice was broken and cracked and she laboured for each breath, but she sang as best she could…

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

A few days later she slipped away in her sleep and awoke to see her Saviour face to face.

Whenever I sing this hymn I am instantly transported back to her little bedroom and now my voice breaks and cracks…

What a heritage we have in these hymns and in the testimony of the saints who ‘being dead, yet speaketh’ or singeth even!


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What a heritage we have in these hymns and in the testimony of the saints who ‘being dead, yet speaketh’ or singeth even!


Yes! I never really liked the hymns when I first got saved at my Presybterian Church. But over the last 2 years, especially this year I have come to realize the beauty and grandour of these wonderful testimonies through history. I consider most of the hymns written to out weigh most of the contemporary Christian worship music these days. Leonard Ravenhill quotes so many hymns in his sermons and they are almost edifying if you just read them. Open a hymn book and just read a few hymns what awesome revelation of God's majesty some of these hymn writers had. One of my favorites right now is: "There is a Fountain."


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