1 Long, weary years in sin I wandered,
Far from the fold;
Till Christ, the loving Shepherd, found me,
Out in the midnight cold.
Hungry and thirsty then he led me
Where waters flow,
And with refreshing manna fed me,
He washed me white as snow.
Vain, delusive world, forever
Now I sing farewell,
Jesus, my loving Saviour, keeps me,
His love I’ll gladly tell.
2 O for a heart to praise my Saviour!
For he has died,
And my exulting soul finds favor
Close to his bleeding side;
There may I cling through life, and never
Grieve his away,
And in those heavenly mansions ever
Spend an eternal day. [Refrain]
3 Salvation thrills my soul with gladness;
Praise ye the Lord!
No more I’ll yield again to sadness,
But trust in the blessed Word.
To Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
All three in one,
Be glory through a Saviour’s merit,
Ever thy will be done. [Refrain]
Henry Lake Gilmour United Kingdom 1836-1920. Born at Londonderry, Ireland, he emigrated to America as a teenager, thinking he wanted to learn navigation. When he reached the U.S., he arrived in Philadelphia and decided to seek his fortune in America. He started working as a painter, then served in the American Civil War, where he was captured and spent several months in Libby Prison, Richmond, VA. He married Letitia Pauline Howard in 1858. After the war he trained as a dentist and did that for many years. In 1869 he moved to Wenonah, NJ, and helped found the Methodist church there in 1885. He served as Sunday school superintendent and, for four decades, directed the choir at the Pittman Grove Camp Meeting, also working as song leade… Go to person page >