My Jesus I love Thee, I know Thou art mine

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine. William Ralph Featherston* (1846-1873). This Gospel hymn is normally attributed to Featherston (but see below). After that the information is uncertain. It was said by Ira D. Sankey* (1906, pp. 165-6) to have been published without an author’s name in The London Hymn Book of 1862. The usually reliable James Mearns* gives 1864 as the date, and the author as anonymous (JJ, p. 1676). Sankey’s title probably refers to The London Hymn Book, containing Gospel hymns for special services, compiled by C. Russell Hurditch (Third Edition, 1866; earlier editions not found).  According to Taylor (1989, p. 117) it was based on an earlier hymn, ‘O Jesus, my...

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