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I Would Be Like Jesus

Earthly pleasures vainly call me

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [Earthly pleasures vainly call me]
Published in 105 hymnals

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Full Text

1 Earthly pleasures vainly call me;
I would be like Jesus;
Nothing worldly shall enthrall me,
I would be like Jesus.

Be like Jesus - this my song,
In the home and in the throng;
Be like Jesus, all day long,
I would be like Jesus.

2 He has broken every fetter,
I would be like Jesus;
That my soul may serve Him better,
I would be like Jesus. [Refrain]

3 All the way from earth to glory,
I would be like Jesus;
Telling o’er and o’er the story,
I would be like Jesus. [Refrain]

4 That in heaven He may meet me,
I would be like Jesus;
That His words “Well done” may greet me,
I would be like Jesus. [Refrain]

Source: The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #561

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Earthly pleasures vainly call me
Title: I Would Be Like Jesus
Author: James Rowe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Be like Jesus, this my song
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3189
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The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #561TextPage Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #3189TextScoreAudio
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