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Updated 06/04/2013

 

O How I Love Jesus

The music for “O How I Love Jesus” is based on a 19th century American melody.  The words were written by Frederick Whitfield (1829-1904) in 1855.

 

Whitfield was ed­u­cat­ed at Trin­i­ty Coll­ege, Dub­lin, Ire­land (B.A. 1859). Af­ter tak­ing Ho­ly Or­ders, he was suc­ces­sive­ly Cur­ate of Ot­ley, Vi­car of Kir­by-Ra­vens­croft, sen­ior Cu­rate of Green­wich, and Vi­car of St. John’s, Bex­ley. In 1875, he went to St. Mary’s, Hast­ings. Whitf­ield wrote over 30 prose and po­et­ic­al works.


Frederick Whitfield


Lyrics by Frederick Whitfield

 

There is a Name I love to hear,
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest Name on earth.

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O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
O how I love Jesus,
Because He first loved me!

It tells me of a Savior’s love,
Who died to set me free;
It tells me of His precious blood,
The sinner’s perfect plea.

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It tells me of a Father’s smile
Beaming upon His child;
It cheers me through this little while,
Through desert, waste, and wild.

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It tells me what my Father hath
In store for every day,
And though I tread a darksome path,
Yields sunshine all the way.

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It tells of One whose loving heart
Can feel my deepest woe;
Who in each sorrow bears
A part that none can bear below.

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It bids my trembling heart rejoice.
It dries each rising tear.
It tells me, in a “still small voice,”
To trust and never fear.

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Jesus, the Name I love so well,
The Name I love to hear:
No saint on earth its worth can tell,
No heart conceive how dear.

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This Name shall shed its fragrance still
Along this thorny road,
Shall sweetly smooth the rugged hill
That leads me up to God.

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And there with all the blood-bought throng,
From sin and sorrow free,
I’ll sing the new eternal song
Of Jesus’ love for me.


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