Jesus my Lord my God my All

This is a hymn expressing adoration, love and praise for Jesus. 

There two distinctly different versions of the words.  They are referred to as the Catholic ("sweet sacrament") and ecumenical versions.  It has not (yet) been determined which was the original.

The ecumenical words were written by English, at-the-time Church of England minister, Henry Augustine Collins (1827-1919).   (Collins later converted to the Roman Catholic church and entered a religious order - but his hymns were all written and published before this.)

The Catholic set of lyrics is attributed to English hymn-writer, theologian, Roman Catholic convert and priest, Frederick William Faber (1814-1863).  This was published in Faber's hymn book "Jesus and Mary" in 1849.

With Long Meter (LM) with refrain, tunes that the hymn has been set to a include:
  • ST. CHRYSOSTOM (Barnby) by English composer Joseph Barnby (1871) - usually used with the ecumenical version.
  • SWEET SACRAMENT - from the Romischkatholisches Gesangbuchlein, 1826 - sometimes attributed to Faber
  • ST CATHERINE by J. G. Walton and Henri F. Hemy (1864)
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Fredrick William Faber (1814 - 1863) - published in some UK hymn books today
  • ADORO TE by Jo­seph Barn­by (1836 - 1896) 
  • ST MATTHIAS by Will­iam H. Monk, (1823 -1889) 
  • ST BASIL by Johann S. Bach, d.1750

This hymn has been included in a number of recent hymnals, including GIA's Worship Version 3 (but not version 4, released in mid/late 2011) and Kevin Mayhew's Catholic Hymns Old and New 2009 - and sheet music is widely available from these.



Choir, unaccompanied, professional recording, tune: SWEET SACRAMENT

Singer, contemprary arrangement with restrained band backing, tune SWEET SACRAMENT

Congregation with organ, ecumenical lyrics, recorded live in a church-service. Tune: ST. CHRYSOSTOM

Choir with light orchestral backing, professional recording with on-screen lyrics. Tune TBA

Small group with light orchestral backing, professional recording:

Singer with guitar, tune TBA

African music ensemble, ecumenical lyrics

Instrumental - small family orchestra:


Catholic version

Jesus my Lord, my God, my all
How can I love thee as I ought?
And how revere this wondrous gift
So far surpassing hope or thought?

    Sweet Sacrament, we Thee adore
    Oh make us love Thee more and more
    Oh make us love Thee more and more.

Had I but Mary's sinless heart,
To love Thee with, my dearest King
Oh, with what bursts of fervent praise
Thy goodness Jesus, would I sing!

Ah, see within a creature's hand
The vast Creator deigns to be.
Reposing, infant-like, as though,
On Joseph's arms, on Mary's knee.

Thy body, soul, and Godhead, all
O mystery of love divine
I cannot compass all I have
For all thou hast and art are mine

Sound, sound His praises higher still
And come, ye angels, to our aid
'Tis God, 'tis God, the very God
Whose power both man and angels made.

Ecumenical version

Jesus, my Lord, my God, my All,
Hear me, blest Savior, when I call;
Hear me, and from Thy dwelling place
Pour down the riches of Thy grace;

Jesus, my Lord, I Thee adore;
O make me love Thee more and more.

Jesus, too late I Thee have sought;
How can I love Thee as I ought?
And how extol Thy matchless fame,
The glorious beauty of Thy Name?

Jesus, what didst Thou find in me
That Thou hast dealt so lovingly?
How great the joy that Thou hast brought,
So far exceeding hope or thought!

Jesus, of Thee shall be my song;
To Thee my heart and soul belong;
All that I have or am is Thine;
And Thou, blest Savior, Thou art mine;

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