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A long time I wandered in darkness and sin

A long time I wandered in darkness and sin

Author: Philip P. Bliss
Tune: [A long time I wandered in darkness and sin] (Sankey)
Published in 6 hymnals

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1. A long time I wandered in darkness and sin,
And wondered if ever the light would shine in;
I heard Christian friends speak of raptures divine,
And I wished—how I wished—that their Savior were mine.
I wished He were mine, yes, I wished He were mine;
I wished—how I wished—that their Savior were mine.

2. I heard the glad Gospel of good will to men;
I read whosoever again and again;
I said to my soul, Can that promise be thine?
And then began hoping that Jesus was mine.
I hoped He was mine, yes, I hoped He was mine,
And then began hoping that Jesus was mine.

3. Oh, mercy surprising! He saves even me!
Thy portion forever, He says, will I be;
On His Word I am resting—assurance divine:
I am hoping no longer, I know He is mine.
I know He is mine, yes, I know He is mine,
I’m hoping no longer—I know He is mine.

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #2847

Author: Philip P. Bliss

Bliss, Philip, b. at Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, July 9, 1838. In 1864 he went to Chicago in the employ of Dr. George F. Root, the musician, where he was engaged in conducting musical Institutes, and in composing Sunday School melodies. Originally a Methodist, he became, about 1871, a choirman of the First Congregational Church, Chicago, and the Superintendent of its Sunday Schools. In 1874 he joined D. W. Whittle in evangelical work. To this cause he gave (although a poor man) the royalty of his Gospel Songs, which was worth some thirty thousand dollars. His death was sudden. It occurred in the railway disaster at Ashtabula, Ohio, Dec. 30, 1876. ... Some of his verses have obtained wide popularity in most English-speaking countries. T… Go to person page >

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First Line: A long time I wandered in darkness and sin
Author: Philip P. Bliss
Refrain First Line: I wished He were mine

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