Author of the Lyrics
The author of the reverent
words of the "Footprints of Jesus" lyrics, Mary Bridges Canedy Slade (January 18, 1826-April 15, 1882),
was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States and
achieved fame as a teacher, minister's wife and hymn writer. Mary B. Slade was also assistant editor of The New England Journal of Education.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Footprints of Jesus", Asa Brooks Everett (September 1828-September 1875),
was born in Virginia, United States and
became famous as a teacher, composer and musician.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Footprints of Jesus
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Mary Bridges Canedy Slade (January 18, 1826
to April 15, 1882)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Asa Brooks Everett (September 1828 to
Hymn Category: Old Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling, Come, follow Me"
First Publication Date:
Footprints of Jesus Lyrics
Sweetly, Lord, have we heard Thee calling,
Come, follow Me!
And we see where Thy footprints falling
Lead us to Thee.
Footprints of Jesus,
That make the pathway glow;
We will follow the steps of Jesus
Where'er they go.
Though they lead o'er the cold, dark mountains,
Seeking His sheep;
Or along by Siloam's fountains,
Helping the weak.
If they lead through the temple holy,
Preaching the Word;
Or in homes of the poor and lowly,
Serving the Lord.
Though, dear Lord, in Thy pathway keeping,
We follow Thee;
Through the gloom of that place of weeping,
If Thy way and its sorrows bearing,
We go again,
Up the slope of the hillside, bearing
Our cross of pain.
By and by, through the shining portals,
Turning our feet,
We shall walk, with the glad immortals,
Heav'n's golden street.
Then at last when on high He sees us,
Our journey done,
We will rest where the steps of Jesus
End at His throne.