How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

This is a hymn about the name of Jesus, and the comfort which this beings to his followers.

The words were written by English-born, slave-ship captain turned evangelical Anglican priest, John Newton (1725-1807).  It was originally published in 1779 as "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds" - but some publications present it as "How Good ..." with modern English lyrics as given below.

With common meter (8.6.8.6), tunes that it has been set to include:
  • ST PETER (Reinagle) by Alexander R. Reinagle, published in Psalm Tunes for the Voice and Pianoforte (Oxford, England: 1836)
  • HEBER by George Kingsley, 1838
  • ORTONVILLE by Thomas Hastings, 1837
  • RACHEL by  British Christian songwriter and Charismatic worship leader, Chris Bowater (b 1947)


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Examples

Congregation with organ:


Worship pastor with chorus, piano accompaniment:


Choir with organ, words on-screen, tune ST PETER


Duet with band:


Singer with guitar, tune ST PETER (Reinagle)


Large choir at a conference, with piano:


Singer with piano:


Instrumental - organ. Tune RACHAEL


Lyrics

Modern

How good the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes all sorrows, heals all wounds,
And drives away all fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

Dear name, the rock on which I build,
My shield and hiding place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!

By You my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin, defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my shepherd, husband, friend,
O prophet, priest and king,
My Lord, my life, my way, my end,
Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see You as You art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would You love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Your Name
Refresh my soul in death!

Traditional:

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!

By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.

Jesus! my Shepherd, Husband, Friend,
O Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart,
And cold my warmest thought;
But when I see Thee as Thou art,
I’ll praise Thee as I ought.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath,
And may the music of Thy Name
Refresh my soul in death!

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