I have promised to obey Your words.@Psalm 119:57
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John E. Bode
(1816–1874)

Words: John E. Bode, 1868, alt. Bode wrote the words for his daugh­ter’s and two sons’ con­fir­ma­tion ser­vice. At the time, Bode was a pas­tor in Castle Camps par­ish, Cam­bridge­shire, Eng­land. It was pub­lished in the ap­pendix of Psalms and Hymns of the So­ci­e­ty for the Pro­pa­ga­tion of Chris­tian Know­ledge, 1869.

Music: An­gel’s Story Ar­thur H. Mann, in The Me­thod­ist Sun­day School Hymn­book (Lon­don: 1881) (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Arthur H. Mann
(1850–1929)

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.

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.

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.

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 footprints,
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 Heav’n receive me,
My Savior and my friend.