Jesus, Lover of My Soul is a beautiful English hymn written by Charles Wesley, and set to the tune called Aberystwyth, a Welsh tune named after the Welsh town of the same name. We sang this hymn today at church, inspired by the Gospel reading from John 4:5-42, where Jesus encounters the Samaritan woman at the well, and he tells her “…those that drink of the water that I give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.”
(The italicized text below is not sung in this version)
Jesus, Lover of my soul,
let me to thy bosom fly,
while the nearer waters roll,
while the tempest still is high:
hide me, O my Savior, hide,
till the storm of life be past;
safe into the haven guide,
O receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none,
hangs my helpless soul on thee;
leave, ah! leave me not alone,
still support and comfort me!
All my trust on thee is stayed;
all my help from thee I bring;
cover my defenseless head
with the shadow of thy wing.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
more than all in thee I find;
raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is thy Name;
I am all unrighteousness;
false and full of sin I am;
thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with thee is found,
grace to cover all my sin;
let the healing streams abound,
make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
freely let me take of thee:
spring thou up within my heart,
rise to all eternity.
–From the album Complete New English Hymnal, Volume 23, sung by the choir of St. Chad’s Cathedral, Birmingham, England.