If you want to be happy, take Jesus

If you want to be happy, take Jesus

Author: A. H. Ackley
Tune: [If you want to be happy, take Jesus]
Published in 3 hymnals

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1 If you want to be happy, take Jesus,
When your heart has been broken by grief;
His grace full and free
Gives a sinner like me,
‘Mid the sorrows of life, sweet relief.

Refrain:
If you want to be happy, take Jesus,
He loves to walk close by your side;
You can triumph o’er every temptation,
If He is your Savior and Guide.

2 If you want to be happy, take Jesus!
Even death in its awful array,
No change can impart
To the peace in your heart,
For His presence shall brighten the way. [Refrain]

3 If you want to be happy, take Jesus!
For contentment without and within
Is found for each strife,
In the battle of life;
If you want to be happy, take him. [Refrain]

Source: Williston Hymns #177

Author: A. H. Ackley

Alfred Henry Ackley was born 21 January 1887 in Spring Hill, Pennsylvania. He was the youngest son of Stanley Frank Ackley and the younger brother of B. D. Ackley. His father taught him music and he also studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Maryland and was ordained as a Presbyterian minister in 1914. He served churches in Pennsylvania and California. He also worked with the Billy Sunday and Homer Rodeheaver evangelist team and for Homer Rodeheaver's publishing company. He wrote around 1500 hymns. He died 3 July 1960 in Los Angeles. Dianne Shapiro (from ackleygenealogy.com by Ed Ackley and Allen C. Ackley) Go to person page >

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First Line: If you want to be happy, take Jesus
Author: A. H. Ackley

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