Yes, Jesus Love Me, the Song and the Story

Ann Bartlett Warner Writes Yes, Jesus Loves Me (Jesus Loves Me This I Know)

Jesus Loves Me Chalkboard
Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915; pen name Amy Lothrop) and her sister Susan Bogert Warner (1819-1885; pen name Elizabeth Wetherall) were both well-known American authors of Christian novels, children's books and religious songs. The sisters would occasionally co-author. While Susan was writing her novel Say and Seal, she asked Anna to write a children's song that would be sung by a character in the story, to comfort a dying child. Anna responded to this request with the lyrics of the now famous Jesus Loves Me, This I know. The book was published in 1860.

In 1862 William Batchelder Bradbury (composer of Just As I Am and Sweet Hour of Prayer), read Say and Seal and was so moved to add melody to Anna's simple, yet profound song lyrics. Bradbury also added a one-line chorus to the song, to be repeated over and over; just four simple words: Yes, Jesus loves me. The song quickly became one of the most beloved children's songs of all time. It has been translated into many languages to be sung in Sunday School rooms and children's bedrooms around the world, for more than 150 years.

Jesus Loves Me This I Know (Yes, Jesus Loves Me)

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

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

Jesus loves me! This I know,
as he loved so long ago,
taking children on his knee,
saying, "Let them come to me."

(Refrain)

Jesus loves me still today,
walking with me on my way,
wanting as a friend to give
light and love to all who live.

(Refrain)

But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)

Written by: Connie Ruth Christiansen

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