Jesus of Nazareth passeth by

What means this eager, anxious throng

Author: Etta Campbell
Tune: [What means this eager, anxious throng] (Perkins)
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1 What means this eager, anxious throng
Which moves with busy haste along,
These wondrous gath'rings day by day?
What means this strange commotion, pray?
In accents hush'd the throng reply;
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
In accents hush'd the throng reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

2 Who is this Jesus? Why should he
The city move, so mightily?
A passing stranger, has he skill
To move the multitude at will?
Again the stirring notes reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
Again the stiring notes reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

3 Jesus! 'tis he who once below
Man's pathway trod, 'mid pain and woe;
And burdened ones where e'er he came,
Brought out their sick, and deaf and lame.
The blind rejoiced to hear the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
The blind rejoiced to hear the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?"

4 Today, he comes, from place to place
His holy footprints we can trace;
He pauseth at our threshold, nay,
He enters, condescends to stay:
Shall we not gladly raise the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?"
Shall we not gladly raise the cry
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?"

5 Ho! all ye heavy laden, come!
Here's pardon, comfort, rest, and home;
Ye wand'rers from the Father's face,
Return, accept his proffered grace.
Ye tempted ones, there's refuge nigh:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
Ye tempted ones, there's refuge nigh:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

6 But if you still this call refuse,
And all his wondrous love abuse,
At last he'll sadly from you turn,
Who now his invitation spurn.
"Too late! too late!" will be the cry
"Jesus of Nazareth has passed by."
"Too late! too late!" will be the cry
"Jesus of Nazareth has passed by."

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #52

Author: Etta Campbell

Campbell, Emma F. R. (1830-1919). Her first name is sometimes given as "Etta." She was a school teacher in Morristown, New Jersey. She published a few novels and an anthology, The Hymn "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by" and Its History, and Other Verses (New York: M. E. Munson, 1909). Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives… Go to person page >

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