Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ

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Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  Thy love has conquered me;
Beneath Thy Cross I die to self,
  And live alone to Thee.
  Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  Nor creed, nor form, nor word,
Nor holy Church, nor human love,
  Compare with Thee, my Lord!
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Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  My inmost being fill;
So shall I think as Thou dost think,
  And will as Thou dost will.
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Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  Thy life transfigure mine;
And through this veil of mortal flesh,
  Lord, let Thy splendor shine.
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Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ,
  My soul exults in Thee;
To be Thy slave, to do Thy will,
  Is my felicity.
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Ana Lara

Tolland, Connecticut, United States

John Temperley Grey was born circa 1837 near Hexham, Northumberland, England and died August 25, 1903 in Abbotsford, Somerset, England. Grey was a cleric. He visited John Newman in his last illness.

Although there is not much information on his biography, he wrote some spiritual poems found in his book “Lays of a Christian Life. ” (1868). One such poem is

Emmanuel

Great Son of God—Great Son of Man who didst our nature take

And out of all it’s foulness make

As light so clear the Father’s plan

Who stood in all our steps and took

In all its length the human way

And sin and ill and death did slay

And bound together man and God

Thine is the heart that feels our woe

And Thine the voice of all who plead

And Thine the love that meets our need

And Thine the hand that smites the foe

When first we know ourselves and know

The guilt of guilt, the wrong of wrong

And all that we think is safe and strong

Dissolves as fast as summer snow.

While all our histories do tell Of petty arms and selfish strife

Of life that having lost its life

Is slowly sinking into hell

Then as the anguished heart finds vent

In tears and groans and cries for grace

Thine is the soft and kind embrace

Of arms that fold the penitent.

Grey wrote another book titled “Apostle and Other Verses” (1902)


Peter Zhu

Cambridge, MA, United States

Praise our Lord!


William Jeng

Irvine, CA, United States

Be Thou supreme, O Jesus Christ. Have the preeminence in me. Increase my love for You day by day, until this song becomes my reality - that nothing else can compare to You!


Lisa Chiang

Los Angeles, California, United States

Be Thou supreme O Jesus Christ—in my whole heart, my mind, emotion, and will—fill me with Yourself that You would be the preeminence in all my considerations, in all my being.


Marsha Lg

Flower Mound, TX, United States

Where can I get the full piano sheet music (new tune) written by E.C. as played here? It is beautiful and adds even more meaning to this hymn which is at the heart of our faith.


RN Hsieh

1. 願你為大,哦主耶穌!

信條、話語、虛儀、

屬人的會、屬世的愛,

不能與你相比。

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願你為大,哦主耶穌!

信條、話語、虛儀、

屬人的會、屬世的愛,

不能與你相比。

2. 願你為大,哦主耶穌!

你愛征服了我;

靠你十架我向己死,

完全為你而活。

3. 願你為大,哦主耶穌!

全人被你充滿,

使我思想像你思想,

喜歡像你喜歡。

4. 願你為大,哦主耶穌!

把我改變全備;

從這幔子(軟弱肉體)

顯出你的榮美。

5. 願你為大,哦主耶穌!

我心真是要求:

作你奴隸,行你旨意,

一生不再自由。


Bren G

United States

I like this song because it really says what I long for Christ to be in my life....supreme, above all else.


John Chao

Toronto, ON, Canada

Throughout this summer, the Lord has done many wondrous things... and one was the revival of the young people. I feel so drawn by the Lord that I have a desire to burn for Him. However, like many other times, after a while our self becomes our boss again and our temperature for the Lord drops.

That's why I've enjoyed Hymn 367 so much. We have a new tune for it and so we changed the first verse to the chorus and had the rest as the verses.

What's so wonderful about this song is that it shows us the whole process of our Christian life. First and foremost, we need to make Him supreme above all things and then His love will conquer us. We then will learn to take our self to the cross and live alone to Him. Then when our heart is emptied of all self-ambition and vainglory, He can fill our inmost being. And then we can take this mind, the mind that was also in Christ Jesus. Then His life will transfigure ours and we can take and live His life instead of ours. Then when we've given our all to the Lord, our soul will exult because we are finally what we were made for: to be His slave and do His will. This will be our felicity.

Singing