'Tis Better Far to Follow Jesus

'Tis better far to follow Jesus

Author: May Agnew Stephens
Tune: [Tis better far to follow Jesus] (53211)
Published in 6 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

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1 ‘Tis better far to follow Jesus
No matter where His hand may lead;
Than with the world’s vain fleeting pleasures
Our souls’ immortal longing feed;
For He has made us for His glory
And His are joys that never die;
‘Tis sweeter far to follow Jesus,
For He alone can satisfy.

2 What matter if the way be thorny,
Or if dark waves of sorrow roll?
Beside me walks my loving Saviour
And I shall safely reach the goal;
For me He bore the throne and scoffing,
It was for me He bled and died;
‘Tis sweet that I may share His sorrow
And walk forever at His side.

3 What matter while I walk with Jesus
If to Gethsemane I go,
and in the darkness of its shadows
The fulest cup of anguish know?
For me shall be the after sweetness
Of angels’ ministry and strength,
And tho’ the waters may be bitter
In heaven’s peace I’ll rest at length.

4 What matter if I stand at Calv’ry
And lay my life down for the lost?
‘Twas only what He did before me,
I’ll follow Him at any cost;
Then from the pain, and shame, and dying,
In glorious pow’r I’ll rise again
To share the glory of His kingdom
And evermore with Jesus reign.

Source: Hymns of the Christian Life #405

Author: May Agnew Stephens

Born: 1865, Kings­ton, On­tar­io, Ca­na­da. Died: March 19, 1935, Ny­ack, New York. Stephens joined the Sal­va­tion Ar­my in New York’s 3 Corps in 1890. She helped ed­it The War Cry, and worked on the train­ing home staff and in the Can­di­dates De­part­ment. Around 1897, she be­gan serv­ing as song lead­er and pi­an­ist at the Gos­pel Ta­ber­na­cle with Al­bert Simp­son. Two years lat­er, she helped found the Eighth Av­e­nue Mis­sion, and in 1902 mar­ried Har­old Ste­phens (lat­er pas­tor of the Park­dale Al­li­ance Ta­ber­na­cle in To­ro­nto, Ca­na­da). For the next two and half de­cades she and her hus­band were tra­vel­ing evan­gel­ists in Amer­i­ca, Ca­na­da and Bri­tain. He… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis better far to follow Jesus
Title: 'Tis Better Far to Follow Jesus
Author: May Agnew Stephens
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain



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Hymns of the Christian Life #547

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