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I want only thee, not the pleasures of life

I want only thee, not the pleasures of life

Author: Henry J. Zelley
Tune: [I want only thee, not the pleasures of life]
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1 I want only Thee, no the pleasures of life;
I turn from earth’s treasures, its turmoil and strife;
For naught to give comfort in these do I see;
O Jesus, my Saviour, I want only Thee.

Refrain:
I want only Thee, I want only Thee,
My friend and my constant companion to be;
For when Thou art with me I’m happy and free;
O Jesus, my Saviour, I want only Thee.

2 I want Thy sweet presence, when skies are all clear;
I want every moment to know Thou art near;
And when the clouds come, to Thy refuge I’ll flee;
O Jesus, my Saviour, I want only Thee. [Refrain]

3 I want Thee to keep me by Thy gracious pow’r;
I want Thee to comfort in death’s solemn hour;
I want Thee to lead me across the deep sea;
O Jesus, my Saviour, I want only Thee. [Refrain]

Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #79

Author: Henry J. Zelley

Henry Jeffreys Zelley was born at Mt. Holly, NJ, on Mar. 15, 1859. Educated in the Mt. Holly public schools, at Pennington Seminary, and at Taylor University, where he earned his M. A., Ph. D., and D. D. degrees, he became a Methodist minister in 1882 and first served in the New Jersey Conference as a statistical secretary, treasurer, and trustee, becoming a promoter of the campmeeting movement. Noted for his evangelistic fervor, Zelley produced over 1500 poems, hymns, and gospel songs. One of his songs, "He Brought Me Out" with music by Henry L. Gilmour, appears in several denominational hymnals. Cyberhymnal also lists "When Israel Out of Bondage Came" or "He Rolled the Sea Away" with music by Gilmour too. Another of Zelley’s so… Go to person page >

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Author: Henry J. Zelley

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