Scripture Verse

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2


John Goss

Words: A. T. Hough, in Ca­rols of Joy, by Frank M. Da­vis (Spring­field, Ohio: J. L. Rust, 1882), num­ber 68.

Music: Ar­ma­ged­don C. Lu­i­se Reich­ardt (1779–1826). Ar­ranged by John Goss, 1871 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know Hough’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Look away to Jesus when the clouds appear,
Look away to Jesus when the tempter’s near;
And, tho’ seas of sorrow lift their mighty waves,
Look away to Jesus with a look that saves.


Look away to Jesus, He doth pardon give;
Look away to Jesus, only look and live.

Look away to Jesus in the dark and light,
Keep the cross of Jesus evermore in sight;
Every hour temptation plays its luring part,
Look away to Jesus with a trusting heart.


Look away to Jesus if you would be blest,
Looking at your weakness cannot give you rest;
And when full of faith you keep the cross in view,
God sends down His peace and blessings upon you.