Roll Back the Shadows

Do not draw the curtains over the windows of the soul

Author: William C. Martin
Tune: [Do not draw the curtains o'er the windows of the soul]
Published in 3 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Do not draw the curtains o’er the windows of the soul,
Let the sunshine like a wave of glory inward roll;
Do not sit in shadows when the sun is in the sky,
All the chambers of thy soul, its beams will glorify.

Roll back the shadows, make the life bright!
Souls need the sunshine, hearts should be light;
Drive away the darkness, joyless and drear,
Let in the sunshine, glowing with cheer.

2 Do not shut the sunshine from the young and struggling life,
Let it cheer the hero in the unrelenting strife;
Do not draw the curtain when the sunshine is so free,
It has strengthen’d others and will surely strengthen thee. [Refrain]

3 Shine, O blessed Jesus, ev’ry moment in my soul;
There is sunshine where the blessed Master has control;
Shine upon me here that I may never quite despond,
I shall see and feel Thy fullest glory just beyond. [Refrain]

Source: Exalted Praise: a twentieth century collection of sacred hymns for the church, Sunday school, and devotional meetings #104

Author: William C. Martin

William C. Martin (1864-1914) Born: De­cem­ber 25, 1864, Hights­town, New Jer­sey. Died: Au­gust 30, 1914, Ri­al­to, Flor­i­da. Buried: Fort My­ers, Flor­i­da. Martin was pas­tor of the Grace Bap­tist Church (for­mer­ly Cra­mer’s Hill), Cam­den, New Jer­sey (1891-4); No­ank Bap­tist Church, Noank, Con­nec­ti­cut (1894-1900); Grace Bap­tist Church, Som­er­ville, Mass­a­chu­setts (near Bos­ton; at the time of his ar­rival there it was noted he was from “Bluff­ton, In­di­a­na”); and the First Bap­tist Church in Ft. My­ers, Flor­i­da, from 1912 un­til his death. Music: MELMORE  Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Do not draw the curtains over the windows of the soul
Title: Roll Back the Shadows
Author: William C. Martin
Refrain First Line: Roll back the shadows
Copyright: Public Domain



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Bright Melodies #153

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Exalted Praise #104

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 5 #153

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