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O 'tis a great change for me

My boat had once floated away from the shore

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [My boat had once floated away from the shore]
Published in 14 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 My boat had once floated away from the shore, And I was adrift on life’s wild raging sea; But now in the lifeboat I’m safe evermore, And O, ’tis a great change for me! Refrain: ’Tis a great change for me, a great change for me! O now I am happy! from sin I’ve been set free! From out of the darkness I’ve stepped into light, And O, ’tis a great change for me! 2 My life was once darkened, and fettered by sin, But now, Hallelujah! by grace I am free! For all has been changed since God’s light hath shone in, And O, ’tis a great change for me! [Refrain] 3 No more is my spirit conformed to this world, But now higher joys every moment I see; For I have been changed and transformed by His pow’r, And O, ’tis a great change for me! [Refrain] 4 When I have reached heaven, that home of the soul, Blest haven that lies over times rolling sea, I know I will shout when its joys I behold – “O this is a great change for me!” [Refrain]

Source: Great Revival Hymns No. 2 #39

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My boat had once floated away from the shore
Title: O 'tis a great change for me
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: 'Tis a great change for me
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 14 of 14)

Diamonds #d124

Echoes from Beulah #d27

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Gospel Hosannas #64

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Great Revival Hymns #43

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Great Revival Hymns No. 2 #39

Hymns for His Praise No. 2. Rev. ed. #d102

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Make Christ King #29

New Joy in Service Songs No. 5 #d60

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Pentecostal Hymns Nos. 5 and 6 Combined #96

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Songs for Service #50

Tabernacle Hymns #d46

The Message in Song Nos. 1 & 2 #d125

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The Tabernacle Hymns #150

World Wide Revival Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Meetings #d145

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