Jesus I have promised

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O Jesus I have promised
To serve thee to the end;
Be Thou for ever 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 hear the 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;
0 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 footmarks,
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.

John E. Bode (1869)

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