I’ve tried in vain a thousand ways

I’ve tried in vain a thousand ways
My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;
But what I need, the Bible says,
  Is ever, only Jesus.
My soul is night, my heart is steel—
I cannot see, I cannot feel;
For light, for life I must appeal
  In simple faith to Jesus.
He died, He lives, He reigns, He pleads;
There’s love in all His words and deeds;
There’s all a guilty sinner needs
  Forevermore in Jesus.
Though some should sneer, and some should blame,
I’ll go with all my guilt and shame;
I’ll go to Him because His name,
  Above all names, is Jesus.


Es hermoso ese himno, y hermoso el testimonio de la persona que lo escribió al conocer a su Señor y Salvador.

Polly Newborg

Baldwin, WI, United States

Thank you for putting this hymn on line. Lost the words some years ago and today as it was running through my mind decided to try a google. Thank you again. Truly all we need is Jesus Have a blessed day you have blessed mine.

Charles Scott

Sydney, NSW, Australia

James Procter was a founder member of the Atheist society "The Free Thinkers" becoming its president. He was the Richard Dawkins of his day. He originally wrote the poem lines I've tried in vain a thousand ways

My fears to quell, my hopes to raise;

and only after his conversion added the remaining lines. I was priviledged to meet the music writer Robert Harkness and he was greatly affected by the story behind the words.