1. O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see? There's a light for a look at the Savior, And life more abundant and free! 2. Through death into life everlasting He passed, and we follow Him there; Over us sin no more hath dominion For more than conquerors we are! 3. His Word shall not fail you He promised; Believe Him, and all will be well: Then go to a world that is dying, His perfect salvation to tell! Chorus: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.
Lyrics: Helen Howarth Lemmel
Music: Helen Howarth Lemmel
Words and Music by Helen H. Lemmel, 1864–1961
In 1918, Helen Howarth Lemmel, the author and composer of this hymn, was given a tract by a missionary friend. As she read it, Helen’s attention was focused on this line: “So then, turn your eyes upon Him, look full into His face, and you will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness.” She related:
Suddenly, as if commanded to stop and listen, I stood still, and singing in my soul and spirit was the chorus of the hymn with not one conscious moment of putting word to word to make rhyme, or note to note to make melody. The verses were written the same week, after the usual manner of composition, but none the less dictated by the Holy Spirit.