“Jesus, I will trust Thee”
words by Mary Jane Walker set to F.R.H.’s score “Hermas”
F.R.H. set these words by Mary Jane (Deck) Walker to her own hymn score
“Hermas” and published this as hymn number 569 in Songs of Grace and Glory,
a wonderfully valuable hymnbook edited by Charles Busbridge Snepp (words)
and F.R.H. (music). In the finalized edition of S.G.G. published in early 1880,
approximately six months after Frances’ death, Rev. Snepp gave this asterisked
note below this hymn: “ * To this tune its composer, Frances Ridley Havergal,
sang the first verse of this hymn ten minutes only before her death, Tuesday
morning, June 3, 1879.”
1. Jesus, I will trust Thee, trust Thee with my soul;
Guilty, lost, and helpless, Thou canst make me whole.
There is none in heaven or on earth like Thee.
Thou hast died for sinners—therefore, Lord, for me.
2. Jesus, I may trust Thee, name of matchless worth
Spoken by the angel at Thy wondrous birth;
Written, and for ever, on Thy cross of shame,
Sinners read and worship, trusting in that name.
3. Jesus, I must trust Thee, pondering Thy ways,
Full of love and mercy all Thine earthly days:
Sinners gathered round Thee, lepers sought Thy face—
None too vile or loathsome for a Saviour’s grace.
4. Jesus, I can trust Thee, trust Thy written word,
Though Thy voice of pity I have never heard.
When Thy Spirit teacheth, to my taste how sweet—
Only may I hearken, sitting at Thy feet.
5. Jesus, I do trust Thee, trust without a doubt:
“Whosoever cometh, Thou wilt not cast out.”
Faithful is Thy promise, precious is Thy blood—
These my soul’s salvation, Thou my Saviour God!