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O Jesus, I Have Promised

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 396
Text: John E. Bode, 1816-1874
Music: Arthur H. Mann, 1850-1929
Tune: ANGEL'S STORY, Meter: 76.76 D

1.	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. 

2.	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. 

3.	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. 

4.	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. 

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