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If Your Heart Keeps Right

If the dark shadows gather, as you go along

Author: Lizzie DeArmond
Tune: [If the dark shadows gather]
Published in 60 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 If the dark shadows gather
As you go along,
Do not grieve for their coming,
Sing a cheery song,
There is joy for the taking,
it will soon be light,
Ev'ry cloud wears a rainbow
If your heart keeps right.

Refrain:
If your heart keeps right,
If your heart keeps right,
There's a song of gladness in the darkest night;
If your heart keeps right,
If your heart keeps right,
Ev'ry cloud will wear a rainbow,
If your heart keeps right.

2 Is your life just a tangle
Full of toil and care?
Smile a bit as you journey,
Others' burdens share;
You'll forget all your troubles,
Making their lives bright,
Skies will grow blue and sunny
If your heart keeps right. [Refrain]

3 There are blossoms of gladness,
'Neath the winter's snow,
From the gloom and the darkness
Comes the morning's glow;
Never give up the battle,
You will win the fight,
Gain the rest of the Victor
If your heart keeps right. [Refrain]



Source: The New Church Hymnal #136

Author: Lizzie DeArmond

Lizzie De Armond was a prolific writer of children's hymns, recitations and exercises. When she was twelve years old her first poem was published in the Germantown, Pa. Telegraph, however, it was not until she was a widow with eight children to support that she started writing in earnest. She wrote articles, librettos, nature stories and other works, as well as hymns. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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