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]
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.
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Display Title: Roll Back the ShadowsFirst Line: Do not draw the curtains o'er the windows of the soulTune Title: [Do not draw the curtains o'er the windows of the soul]Author: Rev. W. C. MartinDate: 1901