It Was Jesus

My path was always rough and drear

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [My path was always rough and drear]
Published in 3 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 My path was always rough and drear,
My soul was always sad;
But now my path is smooth and bright,
My soul forever glad.

It was Jesus, my Savior
Who wrought this change in me;
It was Jesus, my Savior,
Blest Lamb of Calvary;
I came to Him just as I was,
From sin He set me free;
It was Jesus, my Savior,
Who wrought this change in me.

2 My soul was stained with many sins,
I lived in fear and dread;
But now my soul is free from stain,
And all my fears have fled. [Refrain]

3 O wandering one in paths of sin,
The Savior calls to thee;
He longs to give you peace and rest,
From sin to set you free. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11549

Author: James Rowe

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 >

Text Information

First Line: My path was always rough and drear
Title: It Was Jesus
Author: James Rowe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It was Jesus, my Savior
Publication Date: 1903
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11549
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The Cyber Hymnal #11549

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