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Tell me the stories of Jesus I love to hear; Things I would ask him to tell me if he were here; Scenes by the wayside, tales of the sea, Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
First let me hear how the children stood round his knee, And I shall fancy his blessing resting on me; Words full of kindness, deeds full of grace, All in the love-light of Jesus’ face.
Tell me, in accents of wonder, how rolled the sea, Tossing the boat in a tempest on Galilee! And how the Master, ready and kind, Chided the billows and hushed the wind.
Show me that scene in the garden, of bitter pain. Show me the cross where my Saviour for me was slain— Sad ones or bright ones, so that they be Stories of Jesus, tell them to me.
William Henry Parker (1845-1929)
Over and over again in hymns for children the idea has been taken up that the thing they like best is to hear a story and that there are many stories in the Bible, especially those about Jesus and those that he told himself. Here the theme is carried through key episodes in the Gospels in simple language, though with a tinge of sentimentality. In its original form the hymn ends, strangely, with the passion, as here. It often has an additional final verse on the resurrection.
The hymn was written for a Sunday School Anniversary in Nottingham in 1885 and then appeared in various early 20th century books for Sunday School use. This is a hymn that survives into contemporary books.
This tune went with these words in the first publications of the hymn. It is by Frederick Challinor who after a late start in music gained high qualifications and contributed much to the musical life of the Potteries area.