I will sing the wondrous story

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I will sing the wondrous story
  Of the Christ who died for me,
How He left His home in glory
  For the cross of Calvary.
  Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story
  Of the Christ who died for me,
Sing it in the light of glory,
    Sing it through eternity.
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I was lost, but Jesus found me,
  Found the sheep that went astray,
Threw His loving arms around me,
  Drew me back into His way.
3
I was bruised, but Jesus healed me;
  Faint was I from many a fall;
Sight was gone, and fears possessed me,
  But He freed me from them all.
4
Days of darkness still come o’er me,
  Sorrow’s paths I often tread,
But the Savior still is with me;
  By His hand I’m safely led.
5
He will keep me till the rapture,
  Day by day He’ll wash my feet,
And will transform all my nature
  That in glory we may meet.
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Babajide

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

He will keep me till the river

Rolls its waters at my feet;

Then He'll bear me safely over,

Where the loved ones I shall meet.

The above is the original verse 5. Don't know why it was so wrongly changed


Ashley Royal

Holden Beach, NC, United States

My father, 96 years old, coming out from under anesthesia from a procedure that ultimately diagnosed terminal cancer, sang every verse of this sacred hymn from memory. If ever one questions the presence of Jesus in the midst of the valley of death, I have witnessed His loving grace for His own! Jesus spoke to us as we listened and told us I am here, and I love you for eternity. Welcome home Daddy! ❤️


Francis Y Chow

Anaheim, California, United States

I was lost, but Jesus found me


Leah Webb

Lovely song


Ana Lara

United States

Francis H. Rowley was born in Hilton, New York, on July 25, 1854. Later he became a Baptist minister and served churches in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Illinois. He has given the following account for the writing of this hymn:

I was a minister of the Baptist Church in North Adams, Massachusetts in 1886. The church and community were experiencing a period of unusual interest in religious matters, and I was assisted by a remarkable young Swiss musician by the name of Peter Bilhorn. One Sunday following the evening service he said, “Why don’t you write a hymn for me to set to music? ” During the night these verses came to me. The original poem began “Can’t You Sing the Wondrous Story? ” However, when the song was first published by Ira Sankey in 1887, the phrase was changed to “I Will Sing... ”

Peter P. Bilhorn was born in Mendota, Illinois, in 1865. With the death of his father, Peter was forced to quit school at the age of eight to help support his family. At the age of fifteen his family moved to Chicago. His voice became famous in concert halls and among his worldly friends. When he was twenty he came to know Christ as his Savior at a meeting given by Dr. Pentecost and musician George Stebbins. After his conversion, he was greatly used of the Lord in the way of Christian service.

The organ he used for playing during services was a small folding one with his name on it. He engineered it because of the need to play while traveling around. He had designed it to weigh 16 pounds and to fold easily . Later he began to manufacture it in 1887. The venture proved to be very successful and the organs were widely used all over the world.

Bilhorn wrote around 2, 000 gospel songs. This hymn is one of his finest compositions. He is also the author and composer of “Sweet Peace, The Gift of God’s Love. ” His evangelistic ministry carried him into all of the United States, Great Britain, and to other countries around the world.

Bilhorn was not only a skillful songwriter and leader but also an earnest soul-winner. One night, while conducting revival meetings in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, he retired to his room but later felt strangely compelled to dress, take his folding organ, and start walking down the street, even though the weather was bitterly cold. Seeing a gleam of light from a basement window, he knocked and was allowed to come in. He found a group of men gambling. Bilhorn began to sing to the men. “Where is My Wandering Boy Tonight? ” Six of them made their peace with God that night.

“I Will Sing the Wondrous Story” was presented by Rowley and Bilhorn to Ira D. Sankey as a gift. Sankey was so impressed with the value and usefulness of this hymn that he published it in the 1887 edition of “Gospel Hymns and Sacred Songs and Solos. ” It became one of the most popular songs of his collection.


Philip Byler

Epworth, GA, United States

The change to the fifth verse is an affront to every individual who holds a biblical belief that differs with the "pre-trib 'rapture' point of view..." com-on. This is not how the song was written. I'm disappointed.


Jean Patience

Kolwezi, Lualaba, Democratic Republic Of Congo

I trust Him. He will keep me till the rapture, by His grace. Amen and glory to Your Holy Name O Lord Jesus....


Jrod

United States

You missed the mark on that last verse.

The old version I know reads: He will keep me till the river Rolls its waters at my feet; Then He’ll bear me over Where the loved ones I shall meet.

If we are going to do it, let God’s Childern, Saved by Grace through Faith, do it Right


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

They shall share the story of Thy wonderful goodness. They will sing with joy of Thy righteousness. - Psalm 145:7

"There are many ways to share "the wondrous story." Some speak it, some sing it, and some paint it: but God asks all of us, with His help to live it. When we show our love for Christ through our daily activities, we are truly singing the story "with the saints in glory."

To sing the story, we need the gift of our Savior's presence. Even though He is back in glory, Christ continues - through the Holy Spirit - to be with those He came to save. He takes us by the hand and leads us safely through the "days of darkness" that come now and then.

Christ is not only with us but has also remained righteous, just like His heavenly Father. What joy that puts into our song! As Jesus' righteousness shines through us, we can point others to the Father.

Dear God, I praise You for Scriptures and songs about Your love. Thank You for the opportunity to sing Your story through my daily living. Thank You, Jesus, for holding me by the hand, especially when everything seems dark and unsafe. Keep me singing about You and Your righteousness." - Betty Free Swanberg in "How Sweet the Sound" by George Beverly Shea


PS

United Kingdom

Blaenwern is the popular tune in Wales.