Scripture Verse

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2


John Goss (1800–1880)

Words: A. T. Hough, in Ca­rols of Joy, by Frank M. Da­vis (Spring­field, Ohio: J. L. Rust, 1882), num­ber 68.

Music: Ar­ma­ged­don C. Lu­ise Reich­ardt (1779–1826). Ar­ranged by John Goss, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Hough’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Look away to Je­sus when the clouds ap­pear,
Look away to Je­sus when the tempt­er’s near;
And, tho’ seas of sor­row lift their migh­ty waves,
Look away to Je­sus with a look that saves.


Look away to Je­sus, He doth par­don give;
Look away to Je­sus, on­ly look and live.

Look away to Je­sus in the dark and light,
Keep the cross of Je­sus ev­er­more in sight;
Every hour temp­ta­tion plays its lur­ing part,
Look away to Je­sus with a trust­ing heart.


Look away to Je­sus if you would be blest,
Looking at your weak­ness can­not give you rest;
And when full of faith you keep the cross in view,
God sends down His peace and bless­ings up­on you.