Nursery Rhymes

Give me Jesus

Give me Jesus Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Oh when I come to die" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Give me Jesus" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Give me Jesus Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Give me Jesus" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's. Meaning: The solemn, soulful lyrics of this song were sung by slaves as a reflection of their thoughts of death but are tempered by their religious fervor and belief in the saviour, Jesus Christ and his resurrection. We have placed "Give me Jesus" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs although the song has found its way into Methodist hymn books.

Give me Jesus Song
Title: Give me Jesus *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Give me Jesus
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American
Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "Oh when I come to die"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

Give me Jesus Lyrics

Oh when I come to die
Oh when I come to die
Oh when I come to die
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You may have the world
Give me Jesus

I heard my mother say
I heard my mother say
I heard my mother say
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You may have the world
Give me Jesus

Dark midnight was my cry
Dark midnight was my cry
Dark midnight was my cry
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You may have the world
Give me Jesus

In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
In the morning when I rise
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You may have the world
Give me Jesus

I heard the mourner say
I heard the mourner say
I heard the mourner say
Give me Jesus
Give me Jesus
You may have the world
Give me Jesus

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