1. Ever since I have been
Living in this world of sin,
I have had trials almost ev'ry day.
Always something, more or less,
To destroy my happiness,
And this is how I've come all the way.
I have started out to find a better home,
Where the trials of the world can never come.
There with relatives and friends,
I shall be so happy then
in the presence of the Lord all the time.
2. It was when I was young
I began to think upon
My condition as a sinner unsave'd;
And at once made up my mind,
while i had sufficient time.
I would bow on my knee and pray.
3. When I realized I had
Found the Lord, I was so glad,
For I thought all my trials would be done;
That my way would always be
One continuous jubilee,
But I found out my trials had just begun.
4. Old satan tried to get
Me to live a hypocrite,
And to only have an outward form,
He said time had changed the way,
and in this enlightened day
To do whate'er you please is no harm.
5. I tried it for awhile,
Keeping up with every style,
And was trying to get the crown without the cross;
I found it would not do,
For the word of God is true,
And unless I lived upright I would be lost.
6. Then I put the world aside,
Taking Jesus for my guide,
I began to try and walk the narrow way;
It is tedious, I admit,
But I am not weary yet;
I shall travel on until the perfect day.
Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns.
Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >