I Choose Jesus

When I need someone in time of grief

Author: James Rowe
Tune: [When I need someone in time of grief]
Published in 47 hymnals

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Representative Text

1. When I need someone in time of grief,
Someone my cheer to be,
Jesus I choose, for He gives relief,
He is the best for me.

I choose Jesus when I need a friend,
What I need I know that He will send;
I have proved Him, good and true is He;
I choose Jesus, He is the best for me.

2. When I need someone to guide my soul
Over the stormy sea,
Always to Jesus I give control,
He is the best for me. [Refrain]

3. When I need help to defeat the foe,
Someone my shield to be,
Always to Jesus in faith I go,
He is the best for me. [Refrain]

4. When all my trials on earth are o’er,
And the dark stream I see,
Jesus shall bear me to yonder shore,
He is the best for me. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2746

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When I need someone in time of grief
Title: I Choose Jesus
Author: James Rowe
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I choose Jesus when I need a friend
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #2746
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Sacred Selections for the Church #244


The Cyber Hymnal #2746

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