Words by: Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915)

From poem published in 1860

Music by: William Bradbury(1816-1868)

       Without doubt the hymn that has influenced children for Christ more than any other is this simply stated one, “Jesus Loves Me.” 

       Anna Bartlett Warner wrote this text in 1860 in collaboration with her sister, Susan, as a part of one of the best-selling novel of that day. The novel was written by Susan, entitled Say and Seal. 

       In the novel, one of the characters, Mr. Linden, comforted Johnny Fax, a dying child, with the words of “Jesus Loves Me.” 

       Anna and Susan Warner were highly educated and deeply devoted Christian young women who lived all of their lives along the Hudson River in New York, in a lovely but secluded area apart from the busy world. 

       Their home was near the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and for a number of years these two sisters conducted Sunday School classes for the young cadets. Their home, Good Crag, was willed to the Academy and made into a national shrine. 

       Both sisters were buried with military honors in recognition of their spiritual contributions to the lives of the young military officers. 

Anna’s father was Henry Warner, a wealthy New York City lawyer. When he lost most of his fortune in the 1837 depression, the family was forced to move to their summer home (Good Craig) on Constitution Island in the Hudson River. It was then that Anna and her sister Susan began writing to earn money. They also conducted Bible classes for cadets at the nearby Military Academy at West Point. In memory of her, the Academy’s Constitution Island Association manages the Warner’s island property as an historic site.




Anna Bartlett Warner (1827-1915)

LYRICS:  Jesus Loves Me

1. Jesus loves me! This I know, 
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.


Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

2. Jesus loves me! This I know,                    

 As He loved so long ago                        

Taking children on His knee                   

Saying "Let them come to me"

3. Jesus loves me still today                 

Walking with me on my way               

 Wanting as a friend to give                      

 Light and love to all who live

4. Jesus loves me! He who died,
Heaven's gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

5. Jesus loves me! He will stay,
Close beside me all the way;
Thou hast bled and died for me                     

 I will hence live for Thee