Jesus Loves Me - The
History
This popular song has been loved among children and
adults alike since it was written in 1860. Anna B. Warner
wrote the original version and later David Rutherford
McGuire added stanzas two and three. Anna’s sister
Susan had asked her to write a song for a Sunday
School teacher who wanted to cheer a dying boy. No
wonder the lyrics have brought a smile to many children
and assurance to adults! The song first appeared in a
novel, Say and Seal. In 1862, William B. Bradbury
composed the music and added the refrain. The
following are the rich lyrics to the song, “Jesus Loves
Me.”

The song “Jesus Loves Me” claims Christ’s devotion to
me, but how can that be true? As a sinner, wouldn’t the
Holy God despise me? Thankfully, the song is not
hopeful delusion but rather sound, biblical theology.
While God hated my sin, His love for me compelled Him
to give up His beloved Son. Jesus, God the Son, loved
us so much He died a terrible death to pay the just
penalty for our sins (John 3:16). As the lyrics say,

“Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.”

Yes, Jesus loves me and He loves you. How can I be so
sure of Christ’s love? “The Bible tells me so.”
Jesus Loves Me - The Lyrics
“Jesus loves me! This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong;
They are weak, but He is strong.

Refrain:

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

“Jesus loves me! This I know,
As He loved so long ago,
Taking children on His knee,
Saying, ‘Let them come to Me.’

Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me still today,
Walking with me on my way,
Wanting as a friend to give
Light and love to all who live.

Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me! He who died
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Repeat Refrain

“Jesus loves me! He will stay
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me,
I will henceforth live for Thee.

Repeat Refrain

(Note: this next stanza from the original
is commonly omitted in hymnals)

“Jesus loves me! Loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill,
That I might from sin be free
Bled and died upon the tree.”