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Since I began to serve the Lord

Since I began to serve the Lord

Author: Charles A. Tindley (1907)
Published in 3 hymnals

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1. Since I began to serve the Lord,
And to love His blessed word,
A child of heav’n I’ve tried to be,
This world has been no friend to me.

Although a pilgrim here below,
Where dangers are and sorrows grow,
I have a home in heav’n above,
I’m going there, I’m going there.

2. And often when I would do good,
And keep the promise as I should,
I miss the way, and coming short,
It makes me mourn and grieves my heart. [Chorus]

3. Sometimes at best I hardly know
Just what to do or where to go,
And when I sing or try to pray,
My Savior seems so far away. [Chorus]

4. And then I wait, it is not long
Before He comes in pray'r and song,
And when He speaks, O blessed voice,
It always makes my heart rejoice. [Chorus]

5. When trials press upon my soul,
And pierce my heart with grief untold,
I look away to mansions fair,
And often wish that I was there. [Chorus]

6. My friends and kindred who have gone,
Are now among that heav’nly throng,
Far, far above this world of tears,
Its changing scenes and rolling years. [Chorus]

Source: Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings, No. 2 #44

Author: Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Since I began to serve the Lord
Author: Charles A. Tindley (1907)
Refrain First Line: Although a pilgrim here below
Publication Date: 1907
Copyright: Copyright, 1907, by C.A. Tindley



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