I'll Tell Jesus

I've a dear Savior, ready to listen

Author: Julia H. Johnston
Tune: [I've a dear Savior, ready to listen]
Published in 13 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I’ve a dear Savior, ready to listen,
Bending to hear me from on high;
Even the humblest Jesus will welcome,
Every low whisper finds Him nigh.

I will tell Jesus, I will tell Jesus,
He is my friend, my Savior, king;
I will tell Jesus, I will tell Jesus,
I will tell Jesus everything.

2 When I am joyous, in the glad sunshine,
I will tell Him who loves me so;
Surely my Savior waiteth to hear it,
Every sweet secret He shall know. [Refrain]

3 When I’m in danger, when I’m in darkness,
Tempted to think no helper near,
Still I’ll run to Him, tell Him the story,
Ask Him to keep from harm and fear. [Refrain]

4 Trouble and sorrow drive me to Jesus,
Whom beside Him, on earth, have I?
Others may love me, Jesus can save me,
Jesus will hear me when I cry. [Refrain]

5 If I am tempted, if I distrust Him,
If I forget and go astray,
Still I’ll return and tell it to Jesus,
Ask Him to keep me every day. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10508

Author: Julia H. Johnston

Julia Harriet Johnston, who was born on Jan. 21, 1849, at Salineville, OH, in Columbiana County. Her father was a minister and he mother was a poet. She began writing when she was nine years old but really started writing verse in high school. She lived in Peoria, Ill. 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: I've a dear Savior, ready to listen
Title: I'll Tell Jesus
Author: Julia H. Johnston
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I will tell Jesus, I will tell Jesus
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10508
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The Cyber Hymnal #10508

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