Author of the Lyrics
The author of the rousing
words of the "O Jesus I have Promised" lyrics, John Ernest Bode (February 23, 1816-October 6, 1874),
was born in St. Pancras, London, England and
achieved fame as a scholar, teacher, rector and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "O Jesus I have Promised", Arthur Henry Mann (May 16, 1850-November 19, 1929),
was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England and
became famous as a music editor, Church organist, composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: O Jesus I have Promised
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): John Ernest Bode (February 23, 1816
to October 6, 1874)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Arthur Henry Mann (May 16, 1850 to
November 19, 1929)
Hymn Category: Favorite Songs
First Line of Hymn: "O Jesus, I have promised to serve Thee to the end; Be Thou forever near me, my Master and my Friend"
First Publication Date:
O Jesus I have Promised Lyrics
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.
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.
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.
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.
O let me see Thy footprints, and in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly is in Thy strength alone.
O guide me, call me, draw me, uphold me to the end;
And then in Heaven receive me, my Savior and my Friend.