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Published On: Tue, Apr 30th, 2013

My Jesus, I love thee

My Jesus, I love thee

This beloved hymn which so profoundly expresses the believer’s love and gratitude to Christ was written by a very young man, named William Ralph Featherston. (At times spelled Featherstone)

William was born on July 23, 1846 in Montreal, Canada. He was the son of John and Mary Featherston. Ralph’s family were all members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Montreal. It has been told that young Featherston penned the words to this lovely hymn at the time of his conversion experience, when he was sixteen years of age. Though information about William Featherston is scarce it is believed that after it was written he sent the text to his aunt Mrs. E. Featherston Wilson living in Los Angeles, she quickly asked for its publication. The original copy of this much loved poem, in the author’s boyish handwriting, is still a cherished treasure in the family. Strangely, however, the hymn text appeared anonymously with a different tune in an English hymnal, The London Hymn Book, published in 1864.

The composer, Adoniram Judson Gordon, was born in New Hampton, New Hampshire, on April 19, 1836, and was named for the famous pioneer Baptist missionary to India-Burma. After graduating from Newton Theological Seminary, Gordon was ordained in 1863, and six years later was called to pastor the prestigious Clarendon Street Baptist Church of Boston.  He became a close friend of Dwight L. Moody and was of great assistance in Moody’s ministry efforts in Boston.

Dr. A. J. Gordon, who was a well-known evangelist and pastor discovered and loved the lyrics of this anonymous hymn in The London Hymn Book in 1870. For several years Dr. Gordon had been working on assembling a new hymnal geared especially for Baptist congregations. One day as he meditated on the anonymous English hymn, he became dissatisfied with its existing melody. It is said that soon after, in a moment of inspiration, he wrote the beautiful melody we hear today. The hymn in its present form first appeared in the hymnal, The Service of Song for Baptist Churches, complied by S. L. Caldwell and A. J. Gordon and published in 1876. The hymn has been included in nearly every Christian hymnal published the present time. Dr. Gordon is also the composer for another popular gospel song, “In Tenderness He Sought Me.”  Dr. A. J. Gordon died on February 2, 1895, in Boston, after a life of service to the Lord and to his fellowman.

Testimony:

 Protestant Episcopal Bishop of Michigan once related the following incident to a large audience in one of the Rev. E. P. Hammond’s meetings in St. Louis: “A young, talented and tender-hearted actress was passing along the street of a large city. Seeing a pale, sick girl lying upon a couch just within the half-open door of a beautiful dwelling, she entered, with the thought that by her vivacity and pleasant conversation she might cheer the young invalid. The sick girl was a devoted Christian, and her words, her patience, her submission and heaven-lit countenance, so demonstrated the spirit of her religion that the actress was led to give some earnest thought to the claims of Christianity, and was thoroughly converted, and became a true follower of Christ. She told her father, the leader of the theatre troupe, of her conversion, and of her desire to abandon the stage, stating that she could not live a consistent Christian life and follow the life of an actress. Her father was astonished beyond measure, and told his daughter that their living would be lost to them and their business ruined, if she persisted in her resolution. Loving her father dearly, she was shaken somewhat in her purpose, and partially consented to fill the published engagement to be met in a few days. She was the star of the troupe, and a general favourite. Every preparation was made for the play in which she was to appear. The evening came and the father rejoiced that he had won back his daughter, and that their living was not to be lost. The hour arrived; a large audience had assembled. The curtain rose, and the young actress stepped forward firmly amid the applause of the multitude. But an unwonted light beamed from her beautiful face. Amid the breathless silence of the audience she repeated:

‘My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;

For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;

My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou;

If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.’

This was all. Through Christ she had conquered, and, leaving her audience in tears, she retired from the stage, never to appear upon it again. Through her influence her father was converted, and through their united evangelistic labours many were led to God.”

           

            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. 

 

            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. 

 

            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. 

Abad of Jesus Christ,

 Stulo Robinson.S.

 

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