I have decided to follow Jesus
I have decided to follow Jesus. Simon Kara Marak* (1877–1975). Formerly attributed to Sadhu Sundar Singh (1889-1929).
Very few hymnals ascribe an author or composer to this widely sung piece, usually indicating ‘Source unknown’ or ‘Anonymous’. Several hymnals produced during the decade of the 1950s include it, the earliest catalogued in Hymnary.org being Choice Light and Life Songs (Winona Lake, IN, 1950). It has appeared in over fifty collections in North America published since 1950.
Baptist hymnologist William J. Reynolds* describes its origins:
This is a folk song that originated in India as a song of new converts to Christianity among the Garo tribe who live in an area which is...
Cite this article
If you have a valid subscription to Dictionary of Hymnology, please log inlog in to view this content. If you require a subscription, please click here.