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Dearer than all is Jesus

Representative Text

1 Tho' all the joys of earth combine
To make my pathway bright,
My joy eternal, Light Divine,
My Joy of Joys is Jesus.

Dearer than all, dearer than all,
Tho' joy or grief o'ertake me,
His loving arm
Shields me from harm
And keeps me close to Him.
Dearer than all, dearer than all,
Tho' all the world forsake me,
He guides me, keeps me, loves me still;
Dearer than all is Jesus.

2 Tho' friends be ever kind and true,
Unfailing, ever near;
Tho' friends be many or but few,
My dearest Friend is Jesus. [Chorus]

3 Tho oft the days so dark may be
I cannot see His face,
'Tis then I think of Calvary,
And bear my cross for Jesus. [Chorus]

4 But some glad day He'll call to me
To lay my burdens down;
With Him forever more I'll be,
And wear my crown for Jesus. [Chorus]

Source: Victory Songs: For the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services. #71

Author: Viana Butler McCown

Viana Butler McCown was Director of Nursing in the School of Nursing at the University of SC in 1955 and 1956. She had a wonderful Nursing Career and taught a very detailed and meaningful History of Nursing Class. She retired 1957. She had a profound love of Nursing and also loved each of her students and had very high ideals for them. She wrote several hymns; it was very typical of her character and the love she gave to her students. From Jane Wooldridge Barton, BSN University of SC, RNC College Health Nursing (email 7/23/2018) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Though all the joys of earth combine
Title: Dearer than all is Jesus
Author: Viana Butler McCown
Copyright: Public Domain



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Victory Songs #71

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