The truth is in Jesus.@Ephesians 4:21

James Procter, date unknown.

[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 144-5.

Robert Harkness, 1903 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Robert Harkness (1880-1961)

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.