1 I’m in the service of my Saviour,
Whose love is ev’rything to me,
I’ll gladly do His bidding ever,
For willing service mine shall be;
No needed blessing is denied me,
No task beyond my strength is mine,
For, day and night He stays beside me,
And cheers me with His love divine.
The work I ought to do,
I can do, I can do,
And If I can, I will, I will,
God helping me, I will.
2 I often meet in dreary places,
Sad hearts who heavy burdens bear;
No light of love illumes their faces,
No tender smile is playing there;
I know I ought to try to cheer them,
Some loving words I ought to say,
And so I tell them of the Saviour,
Whose love would gladden all their way. [Refrain]
3 While here I live, I’ll tell the story
Of saving grace and boundless love;
And try to win the crown of glory,
By helping others look above.
I’ll go wherever He may send me,
And do the work I ought to do,
Assured that He will courage lend me,
Assured that He will help me through. [Refrain]
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 >