I Know That My Redeemer Lives

I know that my Redeemer lives, And has prepared a place for me

Author: H. A. Merrill; Alterer: Ira David Sankey; Alterer: M. G. Prescott (1882)
Tune: [I know that my Redeemer lives] (51721)
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1 I know that my Redeemer lives,
That he's prepared a home for me,
And crowns of victory he gives
To those who would his children be.

Then ask me not to mingle on
Amid the gay and thoughtless throng,
For I am only waiting here,
To hear the summons, “Child, come home;”
For I am only waiting here
To hear the summons, “Child, come home.”

2 I’m trusting Jesus Christ for all,
I know his blood atones for me,
I’m list'ning for the gentle call,
To say, “The Master waiteth thee.” [Chorus]

3 And now, bewildered at the thought,
I stand and wonder at his love,
How he from heav’n to earth was brought
To die, that I might live above. [Chorus]

4 I know that soon my Lord will come,
I know he will not tarry long,
I know he soon will call me home
To sing with joy the heav'nly song. [Chorus]

Source: The Christian Hymnary. Bks. 1-4 #833

Author: H. A. Merrill

Rv Henry A Merrill USA 1816-1883. Born in Utica, NY, the son of an influential printer, he was an evangelical industrialist who contributed to the development of AR & GA. He began working at the Oneida textile factory in Whitesboro, NY, at age 14. He participated in the religious movement of ‘The Second Great Awakening’, and he attended the abolitionist Oneida Institute in Whitesboro. In 1839 he left NY to work in Roswell, GA, managing the Roswell Mfg. Co., owned by the city founder, Roswell King. In 1841 he married Elizabeth Pye Magill, daughter of a wealthy GA planter family, whose brother, Charles A Magill, later became his business partner in AR. They had no children. While in Roswell, GA, Merrell became close to the Smith f… Go to person page >

Alterer: Ira David Sankey

Sankey, Ira David, was born in Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1840, of Methodist parents. About 1856 he removed with his parents to New Castle, Pennsylvania, where he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Four years afterwards he became the Superintendent of a large Sunday School in which he commenced his career of singing sacred songs and solos. Mr. Moody met with him and heard him sing at the International Convention of the Young Men's Christian Association, at Indianapolis, and through Mr. Moody's persuasion he joined him in his work at Chicago. After some two or three years' work in Chicago, they sailed for England on June 7, 1872, and held their first meeting at York a short time afterwards, only eight persons being present.… Go to person page >

Alterer: M. G. Prescott

(no biographical information available about M. G. Prescott.) Go to person page >



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