My Jesus I Love Thee was written by William Ralph Featherston, possibly at age 16 when he was a new believer. He was born in Montreal, Canada. The melody that is now most associated with this best-loved hymn is not the original written by Featherston. On the other side of the Atlantic, Adoniram J Gordon found the hymn in 1870. He was impressed by the lyrics but did not like the melody, so composed a new tune for it [GORDON] and that is what is widely used for this hymn.

It wasn’t sung much in the church I grew up in but came on my radar when I heard Amy Grant’s version on her Legacy… Hymns and Faith CD. This version begins with a cello and is expertly arranged by Jackie Williams.

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My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine;
For Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;
My gracious Redeemer, my Saviour art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou hast first lovéd 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.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath,
And say when the deathdew lies cold on my 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.

Written by: William R. Featherston (1862)
Melody: GORDON (A J Gordon)
Arr. Jackie Williams
Public Domain
© 1997 Kingsway’s Thankyou Music/MCPS
I do not own the copyright to the hymn or the recording. Video stock footage is from Thank you Tomislav Jakupec.