Jesus of Nazareth Passeth By

What means this eager, anxious throng

Author: Emma F. R. Campbell
Tune: [What means this eager, anxious throng] (Perkins)
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1 What means this eager, anxious throng,
Which moves with busy haste along,
These wondrous gath'rings day by day?
What means this strange commotion, say?
In accents hushed the throng reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
In accents hushed the throng reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."

Refrain:
Passeth by, passeth by,
Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
Passeth by, passeth by,
Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.

2 Who is this Jesus? Why should He
The city move so mightily?
A passing stranger, has He skill
To move the multitude at will?
Again the stirring tones reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
Again the stirring tones reply:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." [Refrain]

3 Jesus! 'tis He who once below
Man's pathway trod, 'mid pain and woe;
And burdened ones, where'er He came,
Bro't out their sick and deaf and lame.
The blind rejoiced to hear the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
The blind rejoiced to hear the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?" [Refrain]

4 Again He comes! from place to place
His holy footprints we can trace.
He pauseth at our threshold, nay,
He enters,– condescends to stay.
Shall we not gladly raise the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?"
Shall we not gladly raise the cry
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by?" [Refrain]

5 Ho! all ye heavy laden, come!
Here's pardon, comfort, rest and home.
Ye wand'rers from a Father's face,
Return, accept His proffered grace,
Ye tempted, there's a refuge nigh:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by."
Ye tempted, there's a refuge nigh:
"Jesus of Nazareth passeth by." [Refrain]

6 But if you still this call refuse,
And all his wond'rous love abuse,
Soon will He sadly from you turn,
Your bitter pray'r for pardon spurn.
"Too late! too late!" will be the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth has passed by."
"Too late! too late!" will be the cry:
"Jesus of Nazareth has passed by."

Has passed by, has passed by,
Jesus of Nazareth has passed by.
Has passed by, has passed by,
Jesus of Nazareth has passed by.

Source: His Fullness Songs #349

Author: Emma F. R. Campbell

Campbell, Emma F. R. (1830-1919). Her first name is sometimes given as "Etta." She was a school teacher in Morristown, New Jersey. She published a few novels and an anthology, The Hymn "Jesus of Nazareth passeth by" and Its History, and Other Verses (New York: M. E. Munson, 1909). Leonard Ellinwood, DNAH Archives… Go to person page >

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