Something Within

Preachers and teachers would make their appeal

Author: Lucie Eddie Campbell
Published in 8 hymnals

Representative Text

1 Preachers and teachers would make their appeal,
Fighting as soldiers on great battlefields;
When to their pleadings my poor heart did yield,
All I can say, there is something within.

Something within me that holdeth the reins,
Something within me that banishes pain;
Something within me I cannot explain,
All that I know there is something within.

2 Have you that something, that burning desire?
Have you that something, that never doth tire?
Oh, if you have it- that Heavenly Fire!
Then let the world know there is something within. [Refrain]

3 I met God one morn', my soul feeling bad,
Heart heavy laden with a bowed down head.
He lifted my burden, made me so glad,
All that I know there is something within. [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #349

Author: Lucie Eddie Campbell

Lucie Eddie Campbell, April 30, 1885–January 3, 1963, one of nine children born to parents who were slaves in Mississippi. She moved to Memphis with her mother after her father died when she was two years old. Became first Music Director of newly formed Education arm for the new National Baptist Convention formed in 1916 in Memphis. In 1919 at a NBC convention in Atlantic City, Campbell introduced a young, blind singer, Connie Rosemond, who electrified the delegates with his rendition of Campbell’s first gospel hymn, “Something Within.” Campbell met Rosemond on the famous Beale St in Memphis. She heard a man betting $10 that he could make the blind youngster “get down in the alley” an expression for singing the blues. Th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Preachers and teachers would make their appeal
Title: Something Within
Author: Lucie Eddie Campbell
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Something within me that holdeth the reins
Copyright: Public Domain



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African American Heritage Hymnal #493

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #353


Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #427


One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #349

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #382


Total Praise #494

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Yes, Lord! #454

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