The truth is in Jesus. Ephesians 4:21
[These] lines were found after his death, on the desk of an infidel who became a Christian.
Harkness Gospel Songs, by Robert Harkness (Pasadena, California: Harkness Music Company, 1926), number 35.
There is also an article about this song’s origins in 101 More Hymn Stories, by Kenneth W. Osbeck (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1985), pages 144–45.
I’ve tried in vain a thousand ways
My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;
But what I need, the Bible says,
Is ever, only Jesus.
My soul is night, my heart is steel—
I cannot see, I cannot feel;
For light, for life, I must appeal
In simple faith to Jesus.
He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads;
There’s love in all His words and deeds;
There’s all a guilty sinner needs
Forevermore in Jesus.
Tho’ some should sneer, and some should blame,
I’ll go with all my guilt and shame;
I’ll go to Him because His name,
Above all names, is Jesus.