Jesus loves me! this I know
Jesus loves me! this I know. Anna Bartlett Warner* (1827-1915).
Anna Warner’s sister, Susan Bogert Warner*, was a very successful novelist. This famous hymn occurs in one of her books, Say and Seal (1859), to which Anna (also a novelist, though a less successful one) contributed. A motherless boy, Johnny Fax, is ill, and is comforted by his Sunday school teacher as he is dying. The teacher, John Linden, sings this hymn, entitled ‘The Love of Jesus’. It was published in The Golden Shower of S.S. Melodies (1862) by William Batchelder Bradbury*, adding the refrain, with the tune that has helped to make the hymn known throughout the world. Bradbury later published it separately.
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