Scripture Verse

Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest. Luke 9:57


Words: Chris­tian Kei­mann, 1658 (Mein­en Je­sum lass’ ich nicht). Com­po­site trans­la­tion.

Music: Mein­em Je­sum lass ich nicht Neu­ver­fer­tig­es Ge­sang­buch (Darm­stadt, Ger­ma­ny: 1699) (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Kei­mann (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?


Jesus I will never leave,
Who for me Himself hath given;
Firmly unto Him I’ll cleave
Nor from Him be ever driven.
Life from Him doth light receive,
Jesus I will never leave.

Jesus I will never leave
While on earth I am abiding;
That I have to Him I give,
All my cares in Him confiding.
Naught shall me of Him bereave,
Jesus I will never leave.

Though my sight shall pass away,
Hearing, taste, and feeling fail me;
Though my life’s last light of day
Shall o’ertake and sore assail me;
When His summons I receive,
Jesus I will never leave.

Nor will I my Jesus leave
When at last I shall come thither
Where His saints He will receive,
Where in bliss they live together.
Endless joy to me He’ll give,
Jesus I will never leave.

Not for earth’s vain joys I crave
Nor, without him, Heaven’s pleasure;
Jesus, who my soul did save,
Evermore shall be my Treasure.
He redemption did achieve,
Jesus I will never leave.