Jesus Loves Me

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‘Jesus Loves Me’ is one of the most popular children’s Christian hymns. Often mothers sing it to their babies as they are rocking them to sleep. Young children learn the song if they go to Sunday school. It has been recorded by many popular musicians, including Whitney Houston, Destiny’s Child, Alabama, Dionne Warwick and Aaron Neville. 

Where did the song come from? Back in 1860, in New York, 40 year old Anna Warner wrote a story called ‘Say and Seal’. At the pivotal point in the story, a young boy is dying and the main character of the story attempts to comfort the boy in his last moments of life by saying the words to ‘Jesus Loves Me’. Although this novel was very popular at the time, it did get forgotten in history, but the words to the poem remained in people’s minds in the last decades of the 1800’s and were often quoted in difficult times as a comfort to others.

A musician and music publisher called William Bradbury then added music to the poem and the refrain ‘Yes Jesus Loves Me’. He published it as a song. In the following years, its popularity spread through the USA and the world…. and the rest is history!

Sources: Wikipedia, Inspirational Archive


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Jesus loves me, this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong
They are weak, but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me, He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.


Jesus loves me—loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high
Comes to watch me where I lie.


Jesus loves me—He will stay
Close beside me all the way,
Then His little child will take
Up to Heaven for His dear sake.

Songwriters: Anna Warner/William Bradbury