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Ever with Jesus

I love to hear you tell how Jesus used to

Author: William H. Parker
Tune: [I love to hear you tell]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I love to hear you tell
How Jesus used to dwell
In such a home as mine on earthy—
A wayside cot:
How, day by day, He toiled,
How His dear hands He soiled,
Despising not His humble birth,
Or lowly lot.

2 And when from busy street
He longed for some retreat,
‘Twas not beneath a palace dome
He made His quest:
But by the mountain side,
Away from courtly pride,
In Martha’s quiet village home
He sought for rest.

3 To me these stories old
The precious truth unfold,
That Jesus came to bless the poor
With life divine:
And still with us He lives,
To us His life He gives;
Today, as in the days of yore,
He comes to mine.

4 Within the homely room,
Or weaving at the loom,
The burden of each daily spoil
He shares with me:
The stone with which I build,
The wood I carve or gild,—
There is no task at which I toil,
He fails to see.

5 So near to me! and yet
How often I forget,
And in the follies I deplore
Am daily found:
So near to me, ah! yes,
So near to me to bless!
His life and mine forevermore
In one are bound.

Source: Williston Hymns #62

Author: William H. Parker

Parker, William Henry, was born at New Basford, Nottingham, March 4th, 1845. Early in life he began to write verses, and having joined a General Baptist church and become interested in Sunday schools was led to compose hymns for use at anniversaries. Three of these were introduced by his pastor, the Rev. W. R. Stevenson, M.A., into The School Hymnal, 1880, and passed into The Children's Book of Praise, 1881, and other collections. In 1882 Mr. Parker published a small volume entitled, The Princess Alice and Other Poems. His hymns in common use are:—1. "Children know but little.” (God’s condescension to the Little Ones) 2. “Holy Spirit, hear us!” (Hymn to the Holy Ghost). 3. “Jesus, I so often need thee” (A Child’s Prayer to… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I love to hear you tell how Jesus used to
Title: Ever with Jesus
Author: William H. Parker



Instances (1 - 3 of 3)
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The Praise Book for Young People's Societies, Church Prayer Meetings and Sunday Schools #252

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Williston Hymns #62

The Song Book of the Salvation Army #d312

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