Who Can it Be?

I've wandered in sorrow and sin

Author: W. A. Ogden
Tune: [I've wandered in sorrow and sin]
Published in 1 hymnal

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1 I've wandered in sorrow and sin,
My heart it was heavy and sore,
I heard a voice saying, "Arise and come in,
And Wander in sorrow no more.
Who can it be?
Who can it be?
Thus I was wondering, Who can it be,
Tenderly calling to me?

2 I've struggled in doubt and in fear,
Not knowing to whom I should go,
I heard a voice saying, "Son, be of good cheer,"
So soothingly tender and low.
Who can it be?
Who can it be?
Thus I was wondering, Who can it be,
Tenderly calling to me?

3 I've heard it again and again,
Wherever my footsteps did roam,
It melted my heart with its pitying strain,
It lighted my soul of its gloom.
Oh, it was Thee!
Oh, it was Thee!
Savior of men, O my Jesus, 'twas Thee!
Tenderly calling to me?

4 I turned to my Father above,
I read of his promises sure,
I thought of my Savior, His cross and His love,
And, oh! what a Friend I found there!
Oh, what a Friend!
Oh, what a Friend!
Savior from sin thou hast been unto me,
Savior of sin unto me.

5 I'm groping in darkness no more,
His glory illumines my way;
I'm walking by faith, and His promises are
My solace and joy ev'ry day.
Yes, ev'ry day!
Yes, ev'ry day!
Jesus of Nazareth lighteth my way,
Jesus now lighteth my way.

Source: Crowning Glory No. 1: a choice collection of gospel hymns #173

Author: W. A. Ogden

William A. Ogden, 1841-1897 Born: Oc­to­ber 10, 1841, Frank­lin Coun­ty, Ohio. Died: Oc­to­ber 14, 1897, To­le­do, Ohio. When Ogden was six years old, his fam­i­ly moved to In­di­a­na. He began stu­dy­ing mu­sic in lo­cal sing­ing schools at age 8, and could read church mu­sic fair­ly well by age 10. A lit­tle la­ter, he could write a mel­o­dy by hear­ing it sung or played. When he was 18, he be­came a chor­ist­er in his home church. At the out­break of the Amer­i­can ci­vil war, Og­den en­list­ed in the 30th In­di­a­na Vol­un­teer In­fant­ry. Duri­ng the war he or­gan­ized a male choir, which be­came well known throug­hout the Ar­my of the Cum­ber­land. After the war, Og­den r… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I've wandered in sorrow and sin
Title: Who Can it Be?
Author: W. A. Ogden
Publication Date: 1890
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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