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Diamonds in the rough

Ah many hearts are aching

Author: C. W. Byron
Tune: [Ah! many hearts are aching]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Full Text

1 Ah! many hearts are aching,
We find them everywhere,
Whose cups are filled with sorrow,
Whose homes are filled with care;
When trouble overtakes them,
The world gives them a cuff,
Or sends them to perdition,
Those diamonds in the rough.

The day will soon be over
When digging will be done,
And no more gems be gathered,
So let us all press on;
When Jesus comes to claim us,
And says, “It is enough,”
The diamonds will be shining
No longer in the rough.

2 One day, my precious comrades,
You, too, were lost in sin,
When some one sought your rescue,
And Jesus took you in;
So when you’re tried and tempted
By the scoffer’s keen rebuff,
Remember, O remember,
They’re diamonds in the rough. [Refrain]

3 O there are many diamonds
Long buried in the earth,
We pass them by unnoticed,
But Jesus knows their worth;
He bids us seek and find them,
His message is enough,
He’ll save and sanctify them,
Those diamonds in the rough. [Refrain]

4 There are complaining people
Who say we are too bold,
And then there are still others
Who say we’re after gold;
But they are all mistaken,
We crave no earthly stuff,
But souls of poor lost sinners,
Those diamonds in the rough. [Refrain]

5 While reading through the Bible,
Some wondrous sights we see,
We read of Peter, James, and John,
By the sea of Galilee;
And when the Master called them,
Their work was rude enough,
Yet they were precious diamonds
He gathered in the rough. [Refrain]

6 Now keep your lamps aburning,
The lamps of perfect love,
And unto ev’ry sinner
Point out the way above;
The precious blood of Jesus
Was shed, and that’s enough,
Oh, let us tell them of it,
Those diamonds in the rough. [Refrain]

Source: The Joy Bells of Canaan or Burning Bush Songs No. 2 #27

Author: C. W. Byron

Byron was a minister.  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ah many hearts are aching
Title: Diamonds in the rough
Author: C. W. Byron
Refrain First Line: The day will soon be over