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.
Frank Pytel

Chicago, Illinois, United States

Brother Bill Petersen, a brother and I still share the gospel at Humbolt Park. Many good experiences in sharing with so many people. The park was made for people to meet the Savior Jesus!

Bill Petersen

Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

In the fall of 1940, at the Humboldt Park Gospel Tab in Chicago, I heard Homer Rodeheaver introduce this song in his raspy, gravelly voice, and I will never forget it. I had just been "elected" songleader of our junior high youth group, so I was eager to hear how an old pro like Rodeheaver did it. I've forgotten how he did it, but I will never forget the song, 'When Jesus Comes.'

John Allen

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Beautiful, good song. Thank you.

Steve Panther

W. Richland, United States

This music was written by Homer Rodeheaver who was Billy Sunday's song leader on his many revival tours. It has blessed me many times and paints a picture of each of the redeemed as we stand before Jesus Christ. Lester Roloff sings it best. What a song! I hum it all day long still.

Ruth Adeusi

Woolwich, Greenwich, United Kingdom

This is a great song. All is charged when Jesus comes to stay. I was really blessed. Thanks.

Lynne Childress

Annapolis, MD, United States

My niece requested this song for my sister in law's funeral in a few days. Beautiful words.


Lake Arrowhead, California, United States

George Beverly Shea sang this song @ many Billy Graham events. If you haven't done so already, start w/Google.

Barbara Nicholson

Arcadia, Florida, United States

Where could one find the words and music to this song? Our preacher would like them.

Charles Harvey

Aultman, PA, United States

This has my testimony in it. God gets all the glory!

Ivy Bradshaw

Bradford, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

This song brings me back to my teens as a young Christian. It lifts your spirit when feeling low, helping you to make it through each day, knowing you are not alone in your walk of faith.