She only touched the hem of His garment (gospel)

She only touched the hem of His garment
  As to His side she stole,
Amid the crowd that gathered around Him;
  And straightway she was whole.
  Oh, touch the hem of His garment!
  And thou, too, shalt be free!
His saving power this very hour
    Shall give new life to thee!
He’s pow’rful, present, real and gracious;
  Thou too canst touch Him now!
Just come and touch while He is still passing,
  His power thou shalt know.
Just touch in faith and touch Him in spirit,
  And He will make thee whole;
And peace that passeth all understanding
  With joy will fill thy soul.
Ana Lara

Storrs, Connecticut, United States

The Reverend W. O. Cushing wrote a hymn with the beautiful thought in Malachi 3:17a (“And they will be Mine, says Jehovah of hosts, a personal treasure, in the day that I prepare; ”) singing in his soul, composed this hymn which has gone around the world.

When He cometh, when He cometh

To make up His jewels,

All the jewels, precious jewels,

His loved and His own.

Like the stars of the morning,

His bright brow adorning

They shall shine in their beauty

Bright gems for His crown. (stanza1)

The composer of the hymn for the music “Jewel Hymn” was George F. Root, then living in Reading Massachusetts.

A minister returning from Europe on an English steamer visited the steerage, (the part of the ship providing the cheapest accommodations for emigrants) and after some friendly talk proposed a singing service—if something could be started that “everybody” knew—for there were hundreds of emigrants from nearly every part of Europe. “It will have to be an American tune, ” “said the steerage-master; “try ‘His jewels. ’”

The minister immediately began to play the melody and the words, —

When He cometh, when He cometh,

—and many of the poor passengers joined in the singing with him. Many probably recognized the music, and some had heard the sweet hymn played back home. Other voices followed, male and female, catching the tune, and sometimes the words—they were so easily and so many times repeated—and the volume of the song increased until the singing minister stood in the midst of an international concert, the most novel that he ever led.

He tried other songs in similar visits during the rest of the voyage with some success, but the “Jewel Hymn” was the favorite; and by the time they reached the port, the whole crowd of immigrants had learned it by heart.

The steamer landed in Quebec, and when the trains, filled with the new arrivals, rolled away, the song was heard from nearly baggage-car.

The composer of the tune with all the patriotic and sacred masterpieces standing to his credit —never received a richer triumph than he shared with his writing-partner that day, when “Precious Jewels” came back to them from over the sea. More than this, there was great joy for them both that their hymn had done something sacred for these European immigrants with an American Christian psalm.

George Frederick Root, Doctor of Music, was born in Sheffield, Massachusetts, 1820, eldest of a family of eight children, and spent his youth on a farm. His genius for music drew him to Boston where he became a pupil of Lowell Mason, and soon his career advanced until he began to teach music and lead the choir in Park Street Church. Afterwards he went to New York as director of music in Dr. Deem’s Church of the Strangers. In 1852, after a year’s absence and study in Europe, he returned to New York, and founded the Normal Musical Institute. In 1860, he moved to Chicago where he spent the remainder of his life writing and publishing music. He died August 6, 1895, in Maine.

(Brown and Butterworth)




Nairobi, Kenya

Reaching out in faith.. O, let me touch, for I know I, too, shall be healed..

Edward Lloyd Chamberlain

Runcorn, Cheshire, United Kingdom

The Lord will always show His healing mercy to those who have true faith xx Love the Lord with your whole heart and be saved xx

Job Omwenga

Nairobi, Kenya

Singing this song in college made my heart learn how to trust even humanly impossible situation.

Kenneth Stephens

Freetown, Western, Sierre Leone

The touch of His garment brought Healing, Restoration and General Breakthrough to every believer. The Lord Jesus Christ is my Insurance.

Barbara Mugisha

Kampala, Central, Uganda



Nairobi, Kenya

Beautiful hymn. I have searched for this hymn for about 15 years not knowing that it was just under my nose, within my reach.

May as many as are willing be blessed with the beauty of the Gospel in this score.

Oladipo Olayemi

Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria

The touch of His garment in faith brings healing, may the Lord give us the great faith as of old to touch Jesus in our prayer in spirit.

Adenike Odunuga

Lagos, Nigeria (presently In Abuja)

This song from the story of the woman with the issue of blood healed by putting her faith in Jesus has a compelling force drawing one to act likewise to receive from Jesus. I is so simple and comes out like a recipe - do likewise and you shall get the same result. Even though we may not see the physical presence of Jesus' cloth to touch, we may by faith stretch our hands to him, His Spirit is here with us. In any case the garment that she touched was a means to an end - His power of healing. That power is still here with us. Acts 1:8 says 'you shall receive power...'The power of Christ is here in the Church (the body of believers) and may be accessed by faith, by determination to be unhindered by the crowd of doubt and obstacles. Get in to the Word that became flesh and the very presence of Christ will come real to you. His actions show him forth. We will yet see him but our desire for now is for his power to work mightily in us as it did in that woman.