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Jesus Loves Me is a Christian hymn written by Anna B. Warner[1] The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of a novel called Say and Seal, written by Susan Warner and published in 1860. The tune was added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury who found the text of "Jesus Loves Me" in a book, in which the words were spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child. Along with his tune, Bradbury added his own chorus "Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus Loves me..." After publication the song became one of the most popular Christian hymns in churches around the world.

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Lyrics

Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.
Chorus:
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.
Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, “Let them come to Me.”
Chorus
Jesus loves me when I'm good,
When I do the things I should,
Jesus loves me when I'm bad,
Though it makes Him very sad.
Chorus
Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.
Chorus
Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.
Chorus
Jesus loves me! Loves me still
Tho' I'm very weak and ill;
That I might from sin be free
Bled and died upon the tree.
Chorus
Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.
Chorus

Three verses appear along with the first verse in the Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary, the hymnal of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. These four verses are the only verses of the hymn in this hymnal.

Jesus loves me! See His grace!
On the cross He took my place.
There He suffered and He died,
That I might be glorified.
Chorus
Jesus loves me! God's own Son
Over sin the vict'ry won.
When I die, saved by His grace,
I shall see Him face to face.
Chorus
Jesus loves me! He is near.
He is with His Church so dear.
And the Spirit He has sent
By His Word and Sacrament.
Chorus

Recorded versions

Versions have been recorded by contemporary artists such as Whitney Houston, cocorosie, Destiny's Child, Anita Bryant, Kenny Loggins, Sting, Dolly Parton, Javier Bardem, The Coen Brothers, Jimmy Carter, Aretha Franklin, Tim Curry, Danity Kane, William Sledd, Cher, Christie Brinkley, DMX, Jaslene Gonzalez, and Placebo.

One type of Enemy (Named "Waders") in the PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 game BioShock sings the first stanza of the song, randomly. [2]

Many versions can be found in a search of shared videos

In the movie Phantoms the first line of the song appeared on a computer screen.

History

In 1943 in the Solomon Islands, John F. Kennedy's PT-109 was rammed and sunk. Islanders Biuku Gasa and Eroni Kumana who found Kennedy and the survivors remember that when they rode on PT boats to retrieve the survivors, the Marines sang this song with the natives, who learned it from missionaries.[3]

This hymn was titled "China" in some hymnals of the 19th century,[4] and was the inspiration for the name of the town of China, Maine.

The song's first stanza are occasionally heard in the survival horror first-person shooter, BioShock. When the main character is walking around a splicer that has not yet seen the player, they sometimes sing "Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him belong. They are weak, but he is strong."

Notes

  1. ^ [1] Biography and hymns of Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915).
  2. ^ WikiQuote [2] WikiQuote 2008
  3. ^ Time Pacific magazine [www.time.com/time/pacific/magazine] Time Pacific Aug 15, 2005
  4. ^ "Hymnals: Psalter Hymnal: 571". Calvin Hymnary Project. Calvin College. http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/571. Retrieved 2009-04-20.  

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