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The promise made to mother

Ere you left the homestead

Author: Ina Duley Ogdon
Tune: [Ere you left the homestead]
Published in 8 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 Ere you left the homestead in the vanished long ago,
When your heart was happy and your soul was pure as snow,
You were bade to Jesus’ feet, his shelt’ring love to know,
Don’t forget the promise made to mother.

Don’t forget those tender hands that soothed your cares away;
Don’t forget that gentle face, those tresses thin and gray;
And don’t forget her Savior, who is calling you today;
Don’t forget the promise made to mother.

2 When you sought the world she bade you take this faithful Friend,
Begged you to confess Him and in him your soul defend;
Oft you vowed to claim him and to trust him to the end,
Don’t forget the promise made to mother. [Refrain]

3 Far from grace you wandered in the weary passing years,
Patiently she suffered and endured her grief and fears;
Many times you told her you would heed the pray’rs and tears,
Don’t forget the promise made to mother. [Refrain]

4 Once again you promised when her pilgrim work was done,
When she went in triumph to receive her golden crown,
When she said, “thro’ Christ alone were life and vict’ry won,”
Don’t forget the promise made to mother. [Refrain]

Source: United Praise: for use in Sunday Schools, Young People's Societies and other Church Services #40

Author: Ina Duley Ogdon

Ogdon, Ina Duley. (Rossville, Illinois, 1872--May 18, 1964, Toledo, Ohio). Disciples of Christ. Granddaughter of a Methodist minister, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Duley. Married James Ogdon. She wrote: "My father went with my mother to her church after his marriage to her, so I was brought up in the church of the Disciples of Christ." She wrote over three thousand hymns, anthems, cantatas, and miscellaneous verse. Her hymns include "Brighten the corner where you are," 1912; "Carry your cross with a smile," 1916; "My Lord abides;" "When you know Jesus too;" "Tell Jesus;" "Lighten the burden for someone;" "I have been saved," Her first hymn was "Open wide the window." Composer Charles Gabriel wrote, "Loved by thousands who… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Ere you left the homestead
Title: The promise made to mother
Author: Ina Duley Ogdon
Refrain First Line: Don't forget those tender hands



Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

The Cyber Hymnal #11601

Include 7 pre-1979 instances
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