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Words by Rhea F. Miller (1894-1966), 1922Tune: I’D RATHER HAVE JESUS by George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)Key signature: D flat major (5 flats)Meter: 22.214.171.124 with refrain1. I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold; I’d rather be His than have riches untold; I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands. I’d rather be led by His nail pierced hand.Chorus: Than to be the king of a vast domain And be held in sin’s dread sway. I’d rather have Jesus than anything This world affords today.2. I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause; I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause; I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame. I’d rather be true to His holy name.3. He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom; He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb; He’s all that my hungering spirit needs. I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead.