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Updated 06/04/2013


Precious Name

Lydia Baxter

The lyrics to “Precious Name” were written by Lydia Odell Baxter (1809-1874).  Lydia and her sis­ter came to Christ with the help of Bap­tist mis­sion­ary Eben Tucker. Fol­low­ing their con­ver­sion, the Bax­ter girls helped found the lo­cal Bap­tist church. Af­ter Ly­dia mar­ried, she moved to New York Ci­ty. She was an in­va­lid most of her adult life, but that didn’t stop her ac­tive mind from stu­dy­ing the Bi­ble and writ­ing. In 1855, she pub­lished Gems by the Way­side, a book of de­vo­tion­al po­ems. In ad­di­tion, she of­ten host­ed meet­ings of re­li­gious lead­ers at her home.

 The music is by Howard Doane and Robert Lowry.

Lyrics by Lydia Baxter


Take the Name of Jesus with you,
Child of sorrow and of woe,
It will joy and comfort give you;
Take it then, where’er you go.

Precious Name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of Heav’n.
Precious Name, O how sweet!
Hope of earth and joy of Heav’n.

Take the Name of Jesus ever,
As a shield from every snare;
If temptations round you gather,
Breathe that holy Name in prayer.


O the precious Name of Jesus!
How it thrills our souls with joy,
When His loving arms receive us,
And His songs our tongues employ!


At the Name of Jesus bowing,
Falling prostrate at His feet,
King of kings in Heav’n we’ll crown Him,
When our journey is complete.