Often I have wandered in the dark

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1 Often I have wandered in the dark ways of sin,
Seeking for a pleasure that I e’er failed to win;
Weary of my straying now at last I have seen
That God’s way is the best way, is the best way for me.

Refrain:
God’s way is the best way, is the best way for me!
God’s day is the best day, is the best day for me!
Thro’ all of life’s way, my glad heart can say:
God’s way is the best way, is the best way for me!

2 When the shadows gathered o’er the way that he led,
When the clouds were dark’ning in the sky overhead,
Then his glory changed them to a fir pillar red,
And God’s way was the best way, was the best way for me. [Refrain]

3 So I walk in gladness all along life’s dim way;
My Lord still is leading, ne’er from him will I stray;
God’s will now has triumphed and my glad heart can say,
That God’s way is the best way, is the best way for me. [Refrain]

4 Lost one, blindly wand’ring, wheresoever you stray,
Let Christ, the Good Shepherd, lead you out into day;
Let him take and change you, till you full heart can say,
That God’s way is the best way, is the best way for me. [Refrain]

Source: His Worthy Praise #148

Author: William C. Poole

William C. Poole was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. His parents belonged to the Methodist church. He graduated from Washington College and became a Methodist minister in Wilmington, Delaware area. He was pastor of McCabe Memorial, Richardson Park and other churches. In 1913 he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Delaware. He wrote about five hundred hymns. The writing was done as recreation and a diversion from his pastoral work. His goal in writing as well as in being a minister was to help people. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

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First Line: Often I have wandered in the dark
Author: William C. Poole
Refrain First Line: God's way is the best way

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