1 What could we do without Jesus?
What could the children do?
With the long pathway before them,
Hidden from mortal view;
How could their footsteps be guided?
Surely their feet would stray,
But that the merciful Savior
Tenderly leads the way.
What could we do without Jesus?
What could we do? where could we fly?
What could we do without Jesus,
When we are called to die?
2 What could we do without Jesus?
What could the sinner do?
Where could he go for salvation?
Who could his heart renew?
No other name has been given;
Only his blood can atone;
Sinners can trust but in Jesus,
Claiming no worth their own. [Refrain]
3 What could we do without Jesus?
What could the Christian do?
Is there a friend or a brother
Equally kind and true?
In the dark hour of temptation,
In the dread hour of pain,
What but the mercy of Jesus
Can our sad hearts sustain? [Refrain]
Rv Eden Reeder Latta USA 1839-1915. Born at Haw Patch, IN, the son of a Methodist minister, (also a boyhood friend of hymn writer Willam A Ogden) he became a school teacher. During the American Civil War he preached for the Manchester Methodist Church and other congregations (possibly as a circuit rider filling empty pulpits). In 1863 he married Mary Elizabeth Wright, and they had five children: Arthur, Robert, Jennie, two others. He taught for the public schools of Manchester, and later Colesburg, IA. He moved to Guttenberg, IA, in the 1890s, and continued writing song lyrics for several major gospel composers, including William Ogden, James McGranahan, James Fillmore, and Edmund Lorenz. He wrote 1600+ songs and hymns, many being wi… Go to person page >