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Looking Unto Jesus

When the burden presses

Author: T. O. Chisholm
Tune: [When the burden presses]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When the burden presses,
When the cares increase,
“Looking unto Jesus”
Bringeth rest and peace.
When our hearts grow heavy
With a nameless dread,
“Looking unto Jesus”
We are comforted.

“Looking unto Jesus,”
“Looking unto Jesus,”
How it lightens,
How it brightens all the way!
Comfort gives in sorrow,
Hope for each tomorrow,
Safe and loving guidance to the “perfect day.”

2 In the time of trial,
‘Mid the furnace flame,
How the soul is strengthened
Looking unto Him!
In the storm and struggle,
Fainting in the race,
“Looking unto Jesus”
Brings the needed grace. [Refrain]

3 “Looking,” we grow like Him,
“Looking,” love Him more,
“Looking,” follow bravely
Where He leads before.
If our feet would enter
Through the gates of Day,
“Looking unto Jesus”
Is the only way. [Refrain]

Source: Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #164

Author: T. O. Chisholm

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent five years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the "Pentecostal Hearld" or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes. 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 the burden presses
Title: Looking Unto Jesus
Author: T. O. Chisholm
Refrain First Line: Looking unto Jesus
Publication Date: 1915
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.


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Alexander's Hymns No. 3 #164

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