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Tell It to Jesus

Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee

Author: Herbert H. Booth
Tune: [Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee]
Published in 2 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
Reads all the secret intents of thy heart;
Foes may misjudge and friends may mistake thee,
He will not deal with thee but as thou art.

Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
What is thy gain, and what is thy loss;
While thou art His no harm can befall thee,
Tell out thy heart at the foot of His cross.

2 Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
Knows all thy sorrows, and sees all thy tears;
Knows all the hidden pow'rs that withstand thee,
Knows all thy tremblings, thy doubts and thy fears. [Chorus]

3 Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
He can explain ev'ry myst'ry of life;
He can unravel tangles that try thee,
He can speak peace 'midst thy turmoil and strife. [Chorus]

4 Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
Seeks by His spirit to perfect thy soul;
Sorrows and trials He sends to refine thee,
Tell Him thy case, not in part, but in whole. [Chorus]

5 Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee,
Hide not thy faults, and excuse not thy sin;
For in the day of account He will greet thee,
Not as thou art from without, but within. [Chorus]

Author: Herbert H. Booth

Herbert Henry Howard Booth (26 August 1862 – 25 September 1926) was the third son of William and Catherine Booth. He oversaw the Limelight Department's development and he was the writer and director for Soldiers of the Cross. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee
Title: Tell It to Jesus
Author: Herbert H. Booth
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Tell it to Jesus, He understands thee
Publication Date: 1937
Copyright: By permission of The Salvation Army Musical Board


The Cyber Hymnal #11417
  • PDF (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer Score (NWC)


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The Cyber Hymnal #11417

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