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Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Hymn History, Recommended Articles | 1 comment

“Lead Me to Calvary”

 

Jennie E. Hussey

 

Ever since the first time I heard this song, I wanted to know about the author and her life.  Jennie Evelyn Hussey wrote the lyrics with a desire for us to know Christ and His love for us.  I believe that she wanted us to dwell on what Christ has done for us and not on our own circumstances.

Jennie was born on February 8, 1874, in Henniker, New Hampshire.  She was known for her sweet and cheerful spirit, and spent much of her life taking care of her invalid sister.  Whenever weary, she would turn in the Scriptures to the story of Calvary.  Jennie would eventually become disabled herself with crippling arthritis.  She lived by these words that she penned:

“May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me.”

Jennie spent her later years in the Home for the Aged in Concord, New Hamphire, where she passed away in 1958. She once stated that before she died, she wanted to have told everyone:  “I love Jesus.”  This hymn along with an estimated one hundred fifty others have certainly fulfilled her desire and stand as a everlasting testimony of her love for Jesus.

 

“Lead Me to Calvary”

King of my life, I crown Thee now,

Thine shall the glory be;

Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,

Lead me to Calvary.

Lest I forget Gethsemane,

Lest I forget Thine agony;

Lest I forget Thy love for me,

Lead me to Calvary.

Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,

Tenderly mourned and wept;

Angels in robes of light arrayed

Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.

Let me like Mary, through the gloom,

Come with a gift to Thee;

Show to me now the empty tomb,

Lead me to Calvary.

May I be willing, Lord, to bear

Daily my cross for Thee;

Even Thy cup of grief to share,

Thou hast borne all for me.

Isaac Rochester

Isaac is the instructor for guitar at thegospelworkshop.com.

1 Comment

  1. Amazing God! ❤️❤️❤️

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