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.
Onyekachi Franklin U

Enugu, Nigeria

This song always melting my heart any time I sing it. It draws me very close to God, in fact I need to sing it every day so that I will always be close to God, and to his glory

Suzanna Gajere

Kaduna, Nigeria

I heard this song for the very first time when I was 11 years old. I was captivated by it's melody, gradually, the words began to take shape in my heart and today at 53years old, the song has never been more meaningful... I thank God for it. It ministers to me when I am in distress and directs me to and invite the Lord Jesus into situations of my life ... He responds positively always... the tempter's power is broken, the tears are wiped away, he fills the life with glory, above all ALL IS CHANGED WHEN JESUS COMES TO STAY!! Hallelujah!!!

Sylvia Hunter

Savoy, Illinois, United States

What a wonderful gospel message is contained in the verses and chorus of this hymn! I had not heard it or even thought of it since singing it in my church in Indianapolis about seventy years ago! Thank you for making these hymns available to seekers and saints all over the world! My heart is greatly blessed this beautiful autumn morning!

Iliya J. Buba

Uba, Southern Borno, Borno State, Malaysia

This song griped my heart. Very powerful. Jesus has all power. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.


Coventry, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Singing this song after group prayer in the morning. This hymn touched my heart deeply, especially the verse " For all is changed when Jesus comes to stay." Thank the Lord for His life is so powerful in us when our heart is fully open wide for Him to stay!

Lay Suan Yeo


I sang this when I was 10. It's been more than 50 years now and the words still grip my heart like the 1st day. Praise the Lord for this hymn.

Michael A Eleyinafe

Bronx, New York, United States

The first stanza of the above song described the bitter state of life of the blind man. Like the blind man, the solution to his blindness was oblivion unto him until Jesus Christ stepped into the arena of his life. Like the Water of Marah was turned into a sweet and drinkable water after Moses cast the tree into it, the gloom of your life will be taken away, and your life will be filled with glory when you allow Jesus Christ to have His way in your life as you embrace salvation.

Gabriel Njimgye Tekumafor

Yaoundé, Cameroon

In fact all must change when we open our hearts and give room for Jesus, when He has a permanent place in our thoughts, actions, lifestyle. He replaces the gloom of the world with heavenly glory incomprehensible.


Tamarac, Florida, United States

I haven't heard this song for many years. As a child my parents used to sing this song in church. I was making breakfast and I found myself humming the song. I looked it up then called my sister in Jamaica, told her about it. And immediately she started to sing the song. She stopped and said to me, who do you remember? And I told her Papa, she said yes it was one of his favorite. This song gives me joy and hope. One day Jesus is coming back for us. Let us be faithful and ready to meet Him.


Lagos, Nigeria

This whole points us to the fact that he can do it again and again!

Waking up with this song at heart mean a lot to me, reminding me of His power, hallelujah