The Saviour’s Name

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There is a name I love to hear –
I love to sing its worth;
It sounds like music in my ear,
The sweetest name on earth.

O how I love the Saviour’s name!
O how I love the Saviour’s name!
O how I love the Saviour’s name –
The sweetest name on earth!

It tells me of a Saviour’s love,
Who gave His life for me,
That I, and all who come to Him,
From sin may be set free.

Jesus, the name I love so well,
The name I love to hear;
No saint on earth its worth can tell,
No heart conceive how dear.

In Heaven with all the blood-bought throng,
From sin and sorrow free,
I’ll sing the new eternal song
Of Jesus’ love to me.

whitfield_fFrederick Whitfield wrote the verses of this old hymn, but the author of the simple chorus is unknown. Some hymnbooks show a different chorus: “Oh, how I love Jesus, because He first loved me.” In the Salvation Army, we often sing that chorus independent of any verses.

Whitfield was born in 1829 in Threapwood, England – a village of about 250 people at that time. He was educated in Dublin, Ireland, and became a Church of England pastor. The hymn above was written while he was still a student. There are four additional verses on record, each telling something about what the name of Jesus can mean in a person’s life.

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A Canadian woman, Jane Clarke, wrote a new, more modern-sounding tune for the song some years ago, and Major Len Ballantine (R.) arranged it as a Songster selection, with a cornet or flugel horn obligato to complement the piano accompaniment. You may enjoy listening to this tune played by British Bandsman Gaz Rose in the link provided here.

WORDS: FREDERICK WHITFIELD MUSIC: NEW – JANE CLARKE; TRADITIONAL – WILLIAM RUDD ; ANOTHER TUNE, AMERICAN MELODY, MATCHES THE ALTERNATE CHORUS.
S.A. SONG BOOK, 2015 EDITION, #94; 1987 EDITION, #69
REFERENCES: MORGAN, ROBERT J., THEN SINGS MY SOUL, BOOK 2 / S.A. SONG BOOK WEBSITE –usawest.org

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