O Jesus, I Have Promised
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text John Ernest Bode, 1869, alt.
Voicing SATB, kybd.
Lectionary usage Christian Life, Grace, Ministry & Service
Price $2.00 (U.S.)
Length 2' 05" Released 10/19
Catalog no. 420-231
Difficulty Mod. easy

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O Jesus, I have promised
to serve you to the end;
remain forever near me,
my master and my friend.
I shall not fear the battle
if you are by my side,
nor wander from the pathway
if you will be my guide.

Oh, let me hear you speaking
in accents clear and still
above the storms of passion,
the murmurs of self-will.
Now speak to reassure me,
to hasten or control;
O speak, and make me listen,
O Guardian of my soul.

O Jesus, you have promised
to all who follow you
that where you are in glory
your servant shall be too.
And Jesus I have promised
to serve you to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
my master and my friend.

--John Ernest Bode (1816–1874), alt.

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A spare, lyrical setting of this beloved text, useful for many times throughout the church year.


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