Author of the Lyrics
The author of the inspirational
words of the "What Would Jesus Do" lyrics, Ina Mae Duley Ogdon (April 3, 1872-May 18, 1964),
was born in Rossville, Illinois, United States and
achieved fame as a teacher and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "What Would Jesus Do", Francis Foster (Mid 1800's-Early 1900's),
was born in Dayton, Virginia, United States and
became famous as a musician and composer.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: What Would Jesus Do
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Ina Mae Duley Ogdon (April 3, 1872
to May 18, 1964)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Francis Foster (Mid 1800's to
Hymn Category: Christian Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Oft we lose the narrow pathway, As we seek the land of day"
First Publication Date:
What Would Jesus Do Lyrics
Oft we lose the narrow pathway,
As we seek the land of day;
Yet the Master goes before us:
In His steps we find the way.
What would Jesus do?
Make His way the way for you.
In a world of sin and sorrow
He was tried and proven true,
So we always know what He would do.
Do not weary of well doing,
From the mockery of men,
Jesus, too, was scorned, rejected,
Yet reviled them not again.
Though our human courage falters,
At the world's appalling sin,
It is Jesus we are trusting,
Love divine shall surely win.
What to us is fame or treasure,
Though of all we gain control;
This alone shall truly profit:
A redeemed, immortal soul.