1. Lord Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
    For Thee all the pleasures of sin I resign;
    My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou,
    If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, ’tis now.
  2. I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me,
    And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
    I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
    If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, ’tis now.
  3. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
    And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
    And say when the death-dew lies cold on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, ’tis now.
  4. In ages eternal of endless delight
    I’ll ever adore Thee in glory so bright;
    I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, Lord Jesus, ’tis now.

The author was 16 when he wrote this hymn.