O Jesus, I Have Promised (Day of Rest) – Organ

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 Saviour and my Friend.

Details

  • Tune: Day of Rest
  • Meter: 76 76 D
  • Style: Victoria
  • Composer: James William Elliott (1833 – 1915)
  • Arranger: Richard Mark Stephen Irwin
  • Lyricist: John Ernest Bode (1816 – 1874)
  • Music and Lyrics Copyright Public Domain.
  • Performance Copyright ℗ 2017 Richard M S Irwin. All rights reserved.

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