Once I bore a burden great

Representative Text

1 Once I bore a burden great,
Was weary and sad:
But no more I bear its weight,
I’m pardoned and glad.
Love divine at last I know,
No longer I stray;
On without a stain I go—
Love took it away.

Love took it away,
One wonderful day,
Made me free and lifted me,
In the light to stay.
Love took it away,
One wonderful day,
Gone at last my sinful past—
Love took it away.

2 Once a craving great had I
For pleasures that stain;
Now I pass those pleasures by,—
They tempt me in vain.
I am under His control,
Rejoicing each day;
Gone the burden from my soul—
Love took it away. [Refrain]

3 Once my record was unclean,
My spirit was worn
Now my name on high is seen
As fair as the morn.
Oh, what happiness is mine,
With Jesus I stay;
Sin no more makes me repine—
Love took it away. [Refrain]

Source: Soul Inspiring Songs #96

Author: James Rowe

Pseudonym: James S. Apple. James Rowe was born in England in 1865. He served four years in the Government Survey Office, Dublin Ireland as a young man. He came to America in 1890 where he worked for ten years for the New York Central & Hudson R.R. Co., then served for twelve years as superintendent of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society. He began writing songs and hymns about 1896 and was a prolific writer of gospel verse with more than 9,000 published hymns, poems, recitations, and other works. 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 >

Text Information

First Line: Once I bore a burden great
Author: James Rowe
Refrain First Line: Love took it away
Copyright: Public Domain



Instances (1 - 2 of 2)

Clarion Call #144

Redeeming Love #168

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