There Is a Balm in Gilead

Sometimes I feel discouraged. And think my work's in vain

Tune: BALM IN GILEAD (Spiritual)
Songs of Response
Published in 88 hymnals

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Representative Text

There is a balm in Gilead
to make the wounded whole,
there is a balm in Gilead
to heal the sin-sick soul.

Sometimes I feel discouraged
and think my work's in vain,
but then the Holy Spirit
revives my soul again. Refrain

2 If you cannot preach like Peter,
if you cannot pray like Paul,
you can tell the love of Jesus
and say, "He died for all." Refrain

Psalter Hymnal, (Gray), 1987

Text Information

First Line: Sometimes I feel discouraged. And think my work's in vain
Title: There Is a Balm in Gilead
Meter: Irregular
Source: African-American spiritual
Language: English
Refrain First Line: There is a balm in Gilead,
Copyright: Public Domain
Liturgical Use: Songs of Response


BALM IN GILEAD (Spiritual)

BALM IN GILEAD consists of two melodic lines, each of which is repeated in varied form. Have the congregation sing either in parts or in unison. It is also possible to adapt the call-and-response technique, so common in spirituals, to this hymn: a soloist sings the stanzas, and the entire congregati…

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