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My Jesus I Love Thee Hymn Lyrics and History

My Jesus I Love Thee Hymn History


Many of the songs that we have in our hymns were originally written as poems and My Jesus I Love Thee is not an exception. Unfortunately, the author died before music was added to this poem.

William Ralph Featherstone (1846 - 1873) wrote this song as a poem around 1864. It is reported that he was only a teen when he penned this poem. Some say he was only 16.

It is said that Featherstone, a Methodist Christian from Montreal, Canada wrote the poem soon after his conversion and later posted it to his aunt who was living in Los Angeles, USA.

The poem somehow found its way to England where it was published anonymously in The London Hymn Book two years later. 

He died when he was only 27.

Years later, Adoniram Judson Gordon (1836-1895), who had been tasked with compiling a Baptist hymn book came across Featherstone's poem and song. He somehow did not like the tune that was contained in The London Hymn Book.

He, therefore, changed the tune to a completely new tune for it and published this hymn in The Service of Song for The Baptist Churches. It is this new tune that is now associated with this hymn.

As you can see this song went through many people, countries, and circumstances before it came to us in this present form. It is truly of the Lord's making!

Adoniram Judson Gordon


My Jesus I Love Thee Lyrics


1 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.

2 I love thee because thou hast 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.

3 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 deathdew lies cold on my brow:
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now.

4 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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My Jesus I Love Thee Video


Music video by Bill & Gloria Gaither performing My Jesus, I Love Thee (feat. Avalon) [Live]




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