When the Fire Came Down

Elijah once stood praying

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [Elijah once stood praying]
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Representative Text

1 Elijah once stood praying,
Elijah once stood praying;
That God would send an answer,
When the fire came down.

It fell upon the altar,
It fell upon the altar;
Consuming ev'ry portion,
When the fire came down.

2 Great fear fell on the people,
Great fear fell on the people;
They gave to God the glory,
When the fire came down. [Chorus]

3 I took my sins to Jesus,
I took my sins to Jesus;
I laid them on the altar,
When the fire came down. [Chorus]

4 For fuller consecration,
For fuller consecration;
Once more I sought the altar,
When the fire came down. [Chorus]

5 Great glory fill'd the temple,
Great glory fill'd the temple;
I caught a sight of heaven,
When the fire came down. [Chorus]

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Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Elijah once stood praying
Title: When the Fire Came Down
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: It fell upon the altar
Copyright: Public Domain



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