Scripture Verse

Without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5

Introduction

Words: L. Hall, in Dew Drops of Sac­red Song, ed­it­ed by Tul­li­us O’Kane (New York; Cin­cin­nati, Ohio; Chi­ca­go, Il­li­nois; and St. Lou­is, Mis­sou­ri: Phi­lip Phillips and Hitch­cock & Wal­den, 1870), num­ber 6.

Music: Wall Street Tul­li­us C. O’Kane (🔊 pdf nwc).

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portrait
Tullius C. O’Kane
(1830–1912)

The fol­low­ing lines were sug­gest­ed by the dy­ing langu­age of Mrs. Em­i­ly L. Frei­sner. Af­ter par­tak­ing of ho­ly com­mun­ion, she looked around up­on her fa­mi­ly and friends, and said: What can I do now with­out Jesus?

Dew Drops of Sac­red Song, 1870

Lyrics

What can I do without Jesus,
When full of life’s burdens and care?
His love and protection so precious,
I’ll seek every moment to share.

Refrain

Oh, yes, I’ll now cling to Jesus—
To Jesus I’ll cling and be saved;
I’ll follow His footsteps with gladness,
Till I see Him in glory arrayed.

What can I do without Jesus,
When sorrows unbidden arise?
Oh, when I am filled with deep sadness,
As onward I press to the skies.

Refrain

What can I do without Jesus,
When Satan comes in like a flood—
O’er whelming my soul with dread anguish,
To draw me away from my God?

Refrain

What can I do without Jesus,
When sickness and pain are severe,
And earth can no comfort afford me?
Oh, then may my Savior be near.

Refrain

What can I do without Jesus,
When nearing the dark, chilly wave?
Alone I must pass through the shadow
If none can be near me to save.

Refrain