Hymn Appreciation: Jesus Loves Me

The words to the sweet children's song that most of us grew up singing, Jesus Loves Me were written as a poem by Anna Warner in 1860. Anna wrote the poem for the book Say and Seal written by her older sister Susan. It was not until William Bradbury read the book and was moved by the poem that he wrote the music and chorus.

Jesus Loves Me This I Know

Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915) was the second daughter of Henry Whiting and Anna Bartlett Warner. Anna was raised by her aunt after the passing of her mother. Anna spent most of her childhood in New York City. The family would often visit an uncle serving as Chaplain at West Point and Mr. Warner became interested in purchasing Constitution Island across the river. During the 1837 depression Mr. Warner suffered financial losses, but he was able to hang on to Constitution Island and move his family to live on the island. Anna and Susan helped to bring in money by writing books.

While living on the island, Anna and Susan were able to lead Bible lessons with the cadets at West Point. The cadets were eager to become one of “Miss Warner’s boys” because the passes to Constitution Island were a privilege. Even after Susan passed away, Anna continued the weekly lessons. She corresponded with each of her boys and continued lessons until her death in 1915. Anna and Susan Warner are the only civilians buried at West Point.

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.

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.

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

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