Jesus, Thy life is mine

Jesus, Thy life is mine,
Dwell evermore in me;
  And let me see
That nothing can untwine
  Thy life from mine.
Thy life in me be shown,
Lord, I would henceforth seek
  To think and speak
Thy thoughts, Thy words alone,
  No more my own.
Thy love, Thy joy, Thy peace,
Continuously impart
  Unto my heart,
Fresh springs that never cease,
  But still increase.
The blest reality
Of resurrection power,
  Thy Church’s dower,
Life more abundantly,
  Lord, give to me.
Thy fullest gift, O Lord,
Now at Thy word I claim,
  Through Thy dear Name,
And touch the rapturous chord
  Of praise forth-poured.
Jesus, my life is Thine,
And evermore shall be
  Hidden in Thee,
For nothing can untwine
  Thy life from mine.
Becky Lindberg

Kingman, Arizona, United States

I believe the hymn that Frances Havergal wrote after gazing at the Sternberg painting, "Ecce Homo," in Dusseldorf Germany was "Thy Life was Given for Me." Written below the painting were the words that have inspired devotion over the centuries: "This have I done for thee, what hast thou done for Me?"

Nelson K

Sydney, Australia

"For nothing can untwine

Thy life from mine"

Ana Lara

United States

Frances Ridley Havergal, oftentimes referred to as “hymnody’s sweetest voice, ” was born December 14, 1836, at Astley, Worcestershire, England. She was the youngest child of the Rev. William Henry Havergal, a minister of the Church of England. He was a poet and a church musician. Frances was also trained in linguistics and music. Even though she was highly educated, she had a simple faith and deep love for her Lord. It is said that she never wrote a line without first praying about it. In spite of her frail health, she lived a productive life until her early death at age forty-three.

Frances studied in Düsseldorf, Germany. In the art gallery of that city there hangs a famous painting by Sternberg, “Ecce Homo, ” a portrayal of Christ, wearing a crown of thorns, standing before Pilate and the Jewish mob. Beneath it are the words, “This have I done for thee; what hast thou done for Me? ”

After seeing the painting, Miss Havergal was moved in a profound way. She looked at the painting for a long time, then wrote some words on a piece of paper quickly drafting the words to a hymn titled “I Gave My Life For Thee”-436 in hymnal. net. Later when she visited her home in England, she noticed the words she had scribbled so quickly, were poorly written so she tossed the paper into a stove. The paper, however, is said to have floated out of the flames and landed on the floor. They were found by her father who encouraged her to keep the words and composed the first tune for the text.

Frances Havergal is also the author of the hymns “Take My Life and Let It Be” and “I Am Trusting Thee Lord Jesus”

She died of peritonitis in 1879 and is buried beside her father and sister in a cemetery in the Gower Peninsula in Wales.

Patricia Mensah


I really enjoyed this Hymn at the early stage of my Christian life. Up to today, this Hymn still reminds me that my life is His as His is mine. Indeed "nothing can untwine Thy life from mine"

Mike Foley

Ann Arbor, MI, United States

There are not enough hours in a day to enjoy these hymns to the fullest.


Salem, Oregon, United States

I love this hymn! The writer of this hymn wrote many hymns of consecration to the Lord. Surely a life of consecration was her experience. May we all go on and live a daily life full of consecration to the Lord, no matter where we are starting from in our present condition. He will do the work of recovering our whole being to Himself if we open to Him and allow Him to have a way in us. May our daily consecration be enriched by the singing of these hymns so richly provided for us to lead us in the right way, the way that leads to His goal.

T. Diyan

London, United Kingdom

Lord we love You! You took care of our highest need--LIFE! Life abundantly given to us. Our need is not this or that. Save us from the big deceit. Our primary need is life. All our problems come from a shortage of life. Thank You that Your life is mingled with ours! Amen!


NY, United States

I love this song because it reminds me of the assurance and joy of my salvation, a life that will never leave me! Hallelujah!!!!

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