1 Jesus of Nazareth passed my way,
My heart is filled with singing,
My darkness has turned to day,
New life and gladness bringing;
My garments, soiled and stained with sin,
I cast aside, unheeding,
He clad me in his raiment clean,
In answer to my pleading.
Jesus of Nazareth passed my way,
Redeemed me by his pow’r;
Oh, hear the cry, “he passeth by,”
Give him thy heart this hour.
2 Jesus of Nazareth passed my way,
He gave me sight for blindness,
Tormenting doubts he did allay
With words of heav’nly kindness;
Within my heart he woke a song,
He taught my lips to praise him,
Although temptations ’round me throng
My grateful heart obeys him. [Refrain]
3 Jesus of Nazareth passed my way,
Oh, precious is the story!
I’ll sing it through life’s little day,
And chant it up in glory;
The Great Physician made me whole,
Redeemed my life from sadness,
And while eternal years shall roll
I’ll sing this song of gladness. [Refrain]
C. Louise Bell, also known a Birdie Bell, was born, raised and lived in New York city. She began writing hymns when she was sixteen years old. She is the author of more than 500 hymns, 200 religious poems, and 200 Christmas and Easter lyrics, as well as short stories, and articles. She wrote under the name of Birdie Bell, which is what her family called her.
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 >