Jesus, lover of my soul

Jesus, lover of my soul,
Let me to Thy bosom fly,
While the nearer waters roll,
While the tempest still is high:
Hide me, O my Savior, hide,
Till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide;
O receive my soul at last.
Other refuge have I none,
Hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, oh, leave me not alone,
Still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed,
All my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head
With the shadow of Thy wing.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
More than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
Heal the sick and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name,
I am all unrighteousness;
Vile and full of sin I am,
Thou art full of truth and grace.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
Grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound;
Make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art,
Freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart,
Rise to all eternity.

Los Angeles, California, United States

As a child, my parents would drive us to church and each of my siblings and I would pick a song to sing. Jesus, Lover of my soul was my song. The song writer has penned a beautiful hymn—one that speaks to the heart of the believer. I’m thankful for the courage, humility, and obedience of Charles Wesley to write about Jesus. He is my first love.


Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

All my trust on thee I stayed,

All my help from thee I bring

Cover my defenseless head

With the shadows of thy wing

The second part of this keep repeating in my memory each time I wake up tonight. He is my coverage.

It is a beautiful hymn after all.

Randy Juste

Gainesville, Florida, United States

Jesus, lover of my soul!

Margaret R Howell

Gainesville, FL, United States

Let the healing streams abound; Make and keep me pure within!

Debra Motte

Salem, Oregon, United States

Let me to Thy bosom fly.... safe at last.

Paul Carruth

Raleigh, NC, United States

During an episode of The Crown, which I was recently watching, this hymn was sung a cappella in the story. I had not heard it in a while. Not sure if it is in the United Methodist Hymnal or not but will look it up. When I practice my cello today I’ll either play it by ear or have the music.

Beatriz Anzures Trejo

Jacksonville, Florida, United States

It never ceases to amaze me the kindness of Divine Providence in my life.

This was a particularly difficult weekend for me, and a few hours ago, I asked our Lord to help me cope and a bit later on the same day, I stumbled across this beautiful hymn. Thank you for providing the complete lyrics. God bless.

Joshua Penner

Anaheim, Califormia, United States

Last night, I dreamt singing this song. It has been forever since I last sang this song. The Lord knows our need! Jesus is the lover of our soul, no other refuge have we!


New South Wales, Australia

I know I am in the good company of many different people in many parts of the world, while listening to, and musing about the words of this most precious hymn (labeling it as merely a song does not do it justice). They certainly don't write hymns like this anymore

Remember everybody: only in Christ are we all brothers and sisters.

Julianne Boyce

Catlett, VA, United States

This song keeps me hanging on when I feel I have no one in this world who genuinely wants to help me or comfort me. I am reminded that He is always there. To protect, to love and to save me.