“Lord Jesus, Think on Me” by Synesius of Cyrene, c. 375-430
Translated by Allen W. Chatfield, 1808-1896

1. Lord Jesus, think on me
And purge away my sin;
From earth-born passions set me free
And make me pure within.

2. Lord Jesus, think on me
With many a care opprest;
Let me Thy loving servant be
And taste Thy promised rest.

3. Lord Jesus, think on me
Amid the battle’s strife;
In all my pain and misery
Be Thou my Health and Life.

4. Lord Jesus, think on me
Nor let me go astray;
Through darkness and perplexity
Point Thou the heavenly way.

5. Lord Jesus, think on me
When floods the tempest high;
When on doth rush the enemy,
O Savior, be Thou nigh!

6. Lord Jesus, think on me
That, when the flood is past,
I may the eternal brightness see
And share Thy joy at last.

7. Lord Jesus, think on me
That I may sing above
To Father, Spirit, and to Thee
The strains of praise and love.

Text: Ps. 119:133
Author: Synesius of Cyrene, 430

Translated by: Allen W. Chatfield, 1876, cento
Titled: “Mnoheo Christe”

Tune: “Southwell”
Composer: William Daman, 1579

Notes on the author:

Synesius, a native of Cyrene, born circa 375.

He was of noble descent.

His pedigree extended through seventeen centuries, and in the words of Gibbon, “could not be equalled in the history of mankind.”

He became distinguished for his eloquence and philosophy, and as a statesman and patriot he took a noble stand.

When the Goths were threatening his country he went to the court of Arcadius, and for three years tried to rouse it to the dangers that were coming on the empire.

But Gibbon says, ”The court of Arcadius indulged the zeal, applauded the eloquence, and neglected the advice of Synesius.”

In 410 he was made Bishop of Ptolemaïs, but much against his will.

He died in 430.