Give Me Jesus

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"Give Me Jesus" is an Afro-American spiritual hymn whose original author is unknown. The simple yet powerful lyrics of this song end each stanza and the refrain with "give me Jesus." Read the full lyrics of the hymnal version of this tune, and learn about the origins and biblical inspirations of this hymn below!

1 In the morning when I rise,
in the morning when I rise,
in the morning when I rise,
give me Jesus.

Give me Jesus, give me Jesus.
You may have all this world, give me Jesus.

2 Dark midnight was my cry,
dark midnight was cry,
dark midnight was my cry,
give me Jesus. [Refrain]

3 I heard the mourner say,
I heard the mourner say,
I heard the mourner say,
give me Jesus. [Refrain]

4 Oh, when I come to die,
oh, when I come to die,
oh, when I come to die,
give me Jesus. [Refrain]

Songwriters Afro-American Spiritual Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind Give Me Jesus

According to, the origin of this hymn arose from a merger of traditions in American culture,

"The origins of this spiritual appear to be a confluence of the white hymn tradition and the creativity and existential experiences of enslaved Africans. Numerous first stanzas appear over the decades with the refrain “Give me Jesus,” though the most commonly used initial stanza now begins “In the morning when I rise.”

Related scripture quotes:

1 John 5:19 ~ We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

1 John 2:15 ~ Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Mark 8:36 ~ For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

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