Jesus only, this the watchword

Jesus only, this the watchword

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: [“Jesus only!” this the watchword]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 “Jesus only!” this the watchword,
Guiding, like a star my way;
He the friend that walks beside me,
Cheering ev’ry passing day.

“Jesus only!” “Jesus only!”
He the dearest friend, and best;
Having Him to walk beside me,
Oh, my soul is truly blest.

2 “Jesus only!” when the sunshine
Floods with gold the way I go;
Then He is to me the dearer,
For the joy He doth bestow. [Refrain]

3 “Jesus only!” when the shadows
Darkly o’er my pathway fall,
He the light that shines in darkness,
He my Saviour and my all. [Refrain]

4 “Jesus only!” when I’m sinking
Into the embrace of death;
He, my Saviour, will be with me
To my last expiring breath. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 3 #7

Author: Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

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First Line: Jesus only, this the watchword
Author: Elisha A. Hoffman
Copyright: Public Domain



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Crowning Day No. 3 #7

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