It's Real

Oh, how well do I remember how I doubted day by day

Author: Homer L. Cox
Tune: [O how well do I remember how I doubted day by day]
Published in 27 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, MusicXML
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 O how well do I remember
how I doubted day by day,
For I did not know for certain
that my sins were washed away;
When the Spirit tried to tell me,
I would not the truth receive.
I endeavored to be happy,
and to make myself believe.

But it’s real, it’s real;
O I know it’s real;
Praise God, the doubts are settled,
For I know, I know it’s real.

2 When the truth came close and searching,
all my joy would disappear.
For I did not have the witness
of the Spirit bright and clear;
If at times the coming judgment
would appear before my mind,
O it made me so uneasy,
for God’s smile I could not find. [Refrain]

3 But at last I tired of living
such a life of fear and doubt,
For I wanted God to give me
something I would know about;
So the truth would make me happy,
and the light would clearly shine,
And the Spirit give assurance
that I’m His and He is mine. [Refrain]

4 So I prayed to God in earnest,
and not caring what folks said.
I was hungry for the blessing;
my poor soul, it must be fed;
When at last by faith I touched Him,
and, like sparks from smitten steel,
Just so quick salvation reached me;
O bless God, I know it’s real! [Refrain]

Source: African American Heritage Hymnal #417

Author: Homer L. Cox

Homer L. Cox (1879-1930) was a turn of the 20th century Quaker/Friends Church preacher. He covered most of the Midwest and a lot of the western United States. His ministry and writings were significant enough to merit a biography shortly after his death. Homer L. Cox: The Man and His Messages, was published by the Cleveland Bible Institute, © 1930. Cox was typical of a lot of “colorful” preachers and evangelists of that era, such as D.L. Moody and Billy Sunday. He once said that he, “Expressed gratitude for a friend receiving the Holy Ghost’s ‘embalming fluid’ from the great Undertaker in the skies.” As corny as that statement was Cox redeemed himself in 1907 with the words and music of this great testimony. Although th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Oh, how well do I remember how I doubted day by day
Title: It's Real
Author: Homer L. Cox
Meter: with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: But its real, it's real
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #3125
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)


Instances (1 - 8 of 8)
TextPage Scan

African American Heritage Hymnal #417

TextPage Scan

Songs of Zion #16


The Cyber Hymnal #3125

Page Scan

The New National Baptist Hymnal #154

TextPage Scan

The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #386


Timeless Truths #485

Page Scan

Total Praise #419

Yes, Lord! #108

Include 19 pre-1979 instances
Suggestions or corrections? Contact us


It looks like you are using an ad-blocker. Ad revenue helps keep us running. Please consider white-listing or subscribing to eliminate ads entirely and help support