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[Take the world, but give me Jesus] (Sweney)

[Take the world, but give me Jesus] (Sweney)

Composer: John R. Sweney
Published in 58 hymnals

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Composer: John R. Sweney

John R. Sweney (1837-1899) was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and exhibited musical abilities at an early age. At nineteen he was studying with a German music teacher, leading a choir and glee club, and performing at children’s entertainments. By twenty-two he was teaching at a school in Dover, Delaware. Soon thereafter, he was put in charge of the band of the Third Delaware Regiment of the Union Army for the duration of the Civil War. After the war, he became Professor of Music at the Pennsylvania Military Academy, and director of Sweney’s Cornet Band. He eventually earned Bachelor and Doctor of Music degrees at the Academy. Sweney began composing church music in 1871 and became well-known as a leader of large congregati… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Take the world, but give me Jesus] (Sweney)
Composer: John R. Sweney
Meter: D
Incipit: 12332 35443 21231
Key: F Major
Copyright: Public Domain


Give me Jesus

Take the world, but give me Jesus,
All its joys are but a name;
But His love abideth ever,
Through eternal years the same.

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Dejo el mundo y sigo a Cristo


Piano Solo

  • Great Things He Has Done: 10 Sacred Arrangements in a Variety of Styles
    Composer/Editor Victor Labenske
    Published By: Alfred Music Publishing Company, Inc. (2003) pp. 30
  • Amazing Grace: For the Piano
    Composer/Editor Sharron Lyon
    Published By: Broadman Press (1988) pp. 24
  • PedalPoint Volume 5 Number 3 April May June 1986: Church Music and Study Helps for Pianists and Organists
    Composer/Editors Sharron Lyon; Rachel Carr
    Published By: The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention (1986) pp. 16


The Cyber Hymnal #6963
Text: Take the World, but Give Me Jesus
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The Cyber Hymnal #11343
Text: I've Been Waiting For You
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Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #329

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Sing Joyfully #366


Small Church Music #1290

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #333

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The Christian Life Hymnal #385


The Cyber Hymnal #6963


The Cyber Hymnal #11343

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The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #443


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