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

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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.

Refrain:
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 http://www.hymntime.com/tch/bio/m/a/r/t/martin_wc.htm  Go to person page >

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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

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

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Songs of Love and Praise No. 5: for use in meetings for Christian worship or work #153

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