1 As the brazen serpent in the wilderness,
Moses once uplifted, dying souls to bless:
So we lift up Jesus to the sons of men,
Bidding dying sinners look and live again.
We will lift up Jesus to a dying world,
Tho' the darts of Satan 'gainst us may be hurled;
For the bread of heaven millions starve and die,
We will lift up Jesus as the days go by.
2 Adam's sinful fall has ruined all our race,
And the world needs Jesus and His saving grace;
Needs the peace and comfort which He can bestow,
Needs the blood which washes whiter than the snow. [Chorus]
3 To our great commission we will dare be true,
Preaching full salvation as He'd have us do;
He alone can save and wholly sanctify,
So we lift up Jesus as the days go by. [Chorus]
Lelia (Mrs. C.H.) Morris (1862-1929) was born in Pennsville, Morgan County, Ohio. When her family moved to Malta on the Muskingum River she and her sister and mother had a millinery shop in McConnelsville. She and her husband Charles H. Morris were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church and at the camp meetings in Sebring and Mt. Vernon. She wrote hymns as she did her housework. Although she became blind at age 52 she continued to write hymns on a 28-foot long blackboard that her family had built for her. She is said to have written 1000 texts and many tunes including "Sweeter as the years go by."
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