What Shall I Do?

What shall I do for Christ, my Savior?

Author: F. E. Belden
Tune: [What shall I do for Christ my Savior]
Published in 4 hymnals

Representative Text

1 What shall I do for Christ, my Saviour?
How shall I pay the debt I owe?
He has redeemed me out of bondage,
What shall I do my love to show?

This will I do for Jesus, my Saviour,
This will I do my love to show:
Tell of his goodness, tell of his mercy,
Walk in his footsteps here below.

2 First will I tell him I have wandered,
Ask him to take me back again,
Ask him that I may be forgiven,
Ask him to take away my sin. [Chorus]

3 Then will I take the blessed Bible,
Searching it well, that I may be
Able to help some one to love him,
Jesus, my Lord, who first loved me. [Chorus]

Source: The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book: for use in divine worship #1226

Author: F. E. Belden

Belden was born in Battle Creek, Michigan in 1858. He began writing music in his late teenage years after moving to California with his family. For health reasons he later moved to Colorado. He returned to Battle Creek with his wife in the early 1880s, and there he became involved in Adventist Church publishing. F. E. Belden wrote many hymn tunes, gospel songs, and related texts in the early years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Belden was able to rapidly write both music and poetry together which enabled him to write a song to fit a sermon while it was still being delivered. He also wrote songs for evang­el­ist Bil­ly Sun­day. Though Belden’s later years were marred by misunderstandings with the church leadership over his royal… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: What shall I do for Christ, my Savior?
Title: What Shall I Do?
Author: F. E. Belden
Language: English
Refrain First Line: This will I do for Jesus, my Savior
Copyright: Public Domain



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The Seventh-Day Adventist Hymn and Tune Book #1226

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