One sat alone beside the highway begging

One sat alone beside the highway begging,
  His eyes were blind, the light he could not see;
He clutched his rags and shivered in the shadows,
  Then Jesus came and bade his darkness flee.
  When Jesus comes the tempter’s pow’r is broken;
  When Jesus comes the tears are wiped away.
He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory,
    For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay.
From home and friends the evil spirits drove him,
  Among the tombs he dwelt in misery;
He cut himself as demon pow’rs possessed him,
  Then Jesus came and set the captive free.
“Unclean! unclean!” the leper cried in torment,
  The deaf, the dumb, in helplessness stood near;
The fever raged, disease had gripped its victim,
  Then Jesus came and cast out every fear.
Their hearts were sad as in the tomb they laid him,
  For death had come and taken him away;
Their night was dark and bitter tears were falling,
  Then Jesus came and night was turned to day.
So men today have found the Savior able,
  They could not conquer passion, lust and sin;
Their broken hearts had left them sad and lonely,
  Then Jesus came and dwelt, Himself, within.
CB Peter Morgan


I always thought the visit of a Jesus left a visitation of His power and His presence. It still does so for me today.

Pearl Diehl

Townsend, Delaware, United States

What a wonderful man for Christ! I went to a Billy Graham crusade in the 60s, and what a wonderful holy experience!

God Bless George Beverly Shea, Billy Graham and the Tabernacle choir!

Vicky Johnson

Louisiana, United States

When I was newly saved, 9 years old, I sang this in my church as a solo. This song has stayed in my memory for 62 years. It has blessed me for many years.

Rod Randolph

Winston Salem, NC, United States

One of my favorite songs, I included it on a CD made to give to people as part of my Christian witness. The message is clear to everyone and reminds us that our Lord Christ is the answer to all who turn to Him in faith, believing. Reading the Gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - the same answer is given 2000 years ago.

Tom Sorrells

Dothan, Alabama, United States

I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. My father was a bi-vocational minister of music and had an extensive choir program in some large churches. He loved this song. He especially loved to hear it sung by a member of his choir who he encouraged to sing and use her talent from the time she was a young girl. She sang this song at his funeral.


Stevenage, United Kingdom

I am going through a period of change and growth. This morning's bible devotion was entitled When Jesus comes and I immediately thought of this song. We only used to sing the chorus of this song when I was a child. I carried this song with me today and soothed the rawness of the "washing machine drum" of emotions I've been experiencing. The song ministered to me and gave me peace. "He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory." Amen

Elsa Castillo

George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

I cannot recall how many times I sat and listen to my father sing this hymn to me and my husband and each time he sang it, it became more special. For my husband this was one of the few sweet memories that he has of my father as he passed away last year around this time. He died of Alheizmers and I remember as he was in the early stages he would continually sing this hymn when we would ask him and he would forget some of the words but sing it anyway. Very special hymn and will remain with us for our life-time!

Judith, J.

New York, United States

Growing up, this was one of my mother's favorite hymns. It has become one of mine also. Thanks for the other three verses.

Pastor Harvey

This is one of my favorite testamony songs I still like to sing it. I heard Bro Rolloff sing it in the early 80's. Thanks for giving me the words I did not have vs. 4.

Ashley Crampton

Sigatoka, Nadroga, Fiji

In 1957 I use to sing this hymn round the piano in our lounge in Bara - Sigatoka, Fiji Islands. As there were no electric lights in those days we used the Tiley kerosene lantern which sat on the piano. Our fox terrier dog - Bits - loved the song and she would howl everything she heard the hymn being played and sung.