How sweet the name of Jesus sounds


How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
in a believer's ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
and calms the troubled breast;
'tis manna to the hungry soul,
and to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the rock on which I build,
my shield and hiding-place,
my never-failing treasury, filled
with boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
my Prophet, Priest and King,
my Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
and cold my warmest thought;
but when I see thee as thou art,
I'll praise thee as I ought.

Till then I would thy love proclaim
with every fleeting breath;
and may the music of thy Name
refresh my soul in death!


Words: John Newton (1725-1807), 1779

MIDI: St. Peter (Alexander Robert Reinagle, 1799-1877)

Meter: CM

Hymnal, Year Number Tunes Other comments
Hymns Ancient & Modern, 1861-1874 185 St. Peter  
The Anglican Hymn Book, 1868 240 St. Peter  
The Sarum Hymnal, 1869 060 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, 1871 (Hall & Whiteley) 395 Clarendon  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Goodrich & Gilbert) 395 Martyrdom, St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Tucker & Rousseau) 395 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, 1874 (Hutchins) 395 St. Peter  
Church Hymns with Tunes, 1874 387 St. Peter  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1874 097 St. Peter  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Standard, 1875-1924 176 St. Peter  
A Church of England Hymn Book, 1879      
The Universal Hymn Book, 1885 495 St. Peter  
The Hymnal Companion, 1890 318 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Darlington) 433 Ortonville  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Parker) 433 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Hutchins) 433 Name of Jesus, Nomen, St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Tucker & Rousseau) 433 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Helfenstein) 433 St. Peter  
The Church Hymnal, Revised and Enlarged, 1892 (Messiter) 433 St. Peter  
The Yattendon Hymnal, 1900
050 Bristol  
Church Hymns, New Edition, 1903 429 St. Peter  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Edition, 1904 491 St. Peter  
The English Hymnal, 1906 405 St. Peter  
The Book of Common Praise, 1908 484 St. Flavian, St. Peter  
The Hymnal 1916 232 St. Peter  
Church Hymnal for the Christian Year, 1917 155 Deckport, St. Peter  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1919 550 St. Peter  
Church Hymnal Revised, 1920
(Hutchins)
417 St. Peter  
The Oxford Hymn Book, 1925 221 St. Peter  
Songs of Praise, 1925 265 St. Peter  
Songs of Praise, Enlarged Edition, 1931 527 St. Botolph, St. Peter  
The Book of Common Praise, 1938 490 St. Peter  
The Hymnal 1940 455 St. Peter  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, Revised, 1950 192 St. Peter  
The Mirfield Mission Hymn Book, 1955 044 Holy Name, St. Peter  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 1960 596 St. Peter  
Anglican Hymn Book, 1965 260 St. Peter  
The Hymn Book 1971 116 St. Peter  
The Australian Hymn Book / With One Voice, 1977 158 St. Botolph, St. Peter  
The Hymnal 1982 644 St. Peter  
Hymns Ancient & Modern, New Standard, 1983 122 St. Peter  
The New English Hymnal, 1985 374 St. Peter  
Hymns for Today's Church, second edition, 1988 211 Rachel, St. Peter  
Church Family Worship, 1988      
Hymns Old & New, New Anglican Edition, 1996 220 St. Peter  
Common Praise (The Anglican Church of Canada), 1998 620 St. Peter  
Together in Song: The Australian Hymn Book II, 1999 223 St. Botolph  
Sing Glory, 1999 042 St. Peter  
Complete Mission Praise, 2000 251 St. Peter  
Common Praise: Hymns Ancient & Modern, 2000 467 St. Peter  
Hymns Old & New, Complete Anglican Edition, 2000 297 St. Peter  
Church Hymnal (Church of Ireland), 2000 092 St. Peter  

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