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.
Peggy Burdsall

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Sometimes, days are hard & the night is even harder. This song came to me in the middle of last night -can't remember when I last heard it- but it brought such peace! "He takes the gloom and fills the life with glory, for all is changed, when Jesus comes to stay!" And He does, He stays!

Daniel Yakubu

Yenagoa, Bayelsa, Nigeria

Thanks for making available this lyrics.

I was just meditating this morning, about how I so much need the presence of God in my life. The presence of God gives strength. His presence dispels the fears from the enemy. When God is in our lives, the tempter will not have edge over us, to make us yield. OH LORD, I JUST WANT YOUR CONSISTENT ABIDING PRESENCE IN MY LIFE. I NEED MORE OF YOU IN MY LIFE.

This morning, the lines of this song came to my mind. Because I don't know it fully I had to search through.

Thanks for making it available.

Dean Willett

Summerville, South Carolina, United States

Here we are, in the middle of the worst pandemic of our lives. The fate of the economy seems uncertain. Many people out of work. Businesses are closing by the thousands. Anxiety is out of control. As I pondered these things, this song came into my head. It must have been 55-60 years since I heard my mom singing it as she did chores. I couldn’t remember the words, so I did this search. Thank you so much! The song touched me deep inside! May God get the Glory He deserves!

Henrietta David-Kio

Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

The spirit and life of this song wells up in me whenever I have a challenge; as I humm and sing it the peace and comfort only JESUS CHRIST our Lord and Saviour can give comes upon me and I know that it is settled. Hallelujah!

Carole Pearce

Orlando, FL, United States

Just before my Grandfather preached the gospel, an American missionary sang this wonderful song. That night I was born again. I wept like a a hardened sinner, yet I was but a child nearly ten years old. That was May 22, 1954.

Lizzy Edeh

Lagos, Nigeria

The first time I heard this song in my church I think around May 2018, I was seriously moved and I was touched really. To God be the Glory for ever Amen!

Gideon Bagudu

Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria

Knew this song as a kid singing in the choir where my father pastored. My experience with God through this song came when I was sick and dying. It got to a stage that my parents were just helpless. It was in the midst of that darkness that God brought this hymn and another one to my heart and I both sang and hummed it. Suddenly a revelation of Jesus got to me and I knew that I would not die but live; and I was healed and got back to school the next week. After more than thirty years, now as a pastor I am meditating and preparing a sermon and this hymn was whispered to me. I simply googled to find it. So, I expect the move of God when this hymn is sung and I preach on the coming of Jesus into the lives of people. Our great God has a great hymn here!

Roy Kerr

Larne, County Antrim, Ireland

I first heard this sung in church 70 years by my Uncle, and as a young Christian I was deeply moved. Now 81 years of age a retired Pastor , and not having heard it in many years I discovered it again on 10/4/2018, and am inspired to prepare a series of messages on it.

All is changed when Jesus comes🙌 Praise Him 🙌😕

Patricia Ozen

Houston, TX, United States

Hearing this song for the first time sung by a senior client as she laid in bed recovering from minor hospital surgery.

She sang with such conviction that WHEN JESUS COMES, He'll SET Her Captured Soul-- Go FREE!


Charlotte, NC, United States

I first heard this at Elysian fields Baptist Church in New Orleans when I was 13. The preacher sang it just before the sermon. It was wonderful.