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I often wonder why it is

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1. I often wonder why it is,
While some are happy and free,
That I am tried and sore oppressed,
But it may be the best for me.

It may be the best for me,
It may be the best for me,
The Lord knows the way
And I will obey,
It may be the best for me.

2. Some have the wealth to throw away,
While I am compelled to be
In want almost from day to day,
But it may be the best for me.

3. I think of children with parents at home,
What joy and comfort they see,
While mine are gone and I am alone,
But it may be the best for me.

4. Some walk in paths with flowers strewn,
No burdens, no misery,
While I must bear my cross alone,
But it may be the best for me.

Source: Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings, No. 2 #19

Author: Charles A. Tindley

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 >

Text Information

First Line: I often wonder why it is
Author: Charles A. Tindley (1905)
Refrain First Line: It may be the best for me
Publication Date: 1905
Copyright: Copyright, 1905, by C.A. Tindley


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