Not a Stranger

My soul was long a stranger

Author: E. A. Barnes
Tune: [My soul was long a stranger]
Published in 1 hymnal

Audio files: MIDI

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1 My soul was long a stranger
To Jesus and His love;
I would not hear the gospel
Of mercy from above;
I would not come, repenting,
The sinner’s prayer to lift;
Nor would I take, believing,
Salvation as a gift.

But now I’m not a stranger,
At His feet I love to bend;
But not I’m not a stranger,
Jesus is my Friend.

2 I kept my heart from Jesus,
Lest He should enter in,—
Lest He should sanctify it,
And take away tis sin;
I grieved the Holy Spirit,
Whose pleadings were in vain;
For I was prone and willing
In bondage to remain. [Refrain]

3 I thought His gracious promise
Did not apply to me;
A follower of Jesus
I did not care to be;
The path in which I wandered,
No comfort could afford;
And sin did keep and hold me
A stranger to my Lord. [Refrain]

Source: The Glad Refrain for the Sunday School: a new collection of songs for worship #120

Author: E. A. Barnes

Edward Albert Barnes, born January 24 1842. He was a life long resident of Chicago and a prolifich hymn writer, and active in the American Temperance Movement. Dianne Shapiro, from Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: My soul was long a stranger
Title: Not a Stranger
Author: E. A. Barnes
Refrain First Line: But now I'm not a stranger
Copyright: Public Domain


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The Glad Refrain for the Sunday School #120

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