I Promised to Be True

Temptation my soul may assail

Author: Rev. Elisha A. Hoffman
Tune: [Temptation my soul may assail]
Published in 2 hymnals

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Representative Text

1 Temptation my soul may assail,
To woo me from Jesus away,
But cannot, it cannot prevail;
With Christ I’ve decided to stay.

Refrain:
I promised that I would be true,
I would not my covenant break;
I care not what others may do,
My Jesus I will not forsake.

2 The world for my soul lays its snares,
And tempts me each ongoing day,
But strengthened by faith and by prayer,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay. [Refrain]

3 Why should I forsake this dear Friend,
And out in the wilderness stray?
’Tis He doth each moment befriend,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay. [Refrain]

4 No other so gracious could be,
And love me so greatly alway,
So kind and forgiving is He,
With Christ I’ve decided to stay. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #8466

Author: Rev. Elisha A. Hoffman

Elisha Hoffman (1839-1929) after graduating from Union Seminary in Pennsylvania was ordained in 1868. As a minister he was appointed to the circuit in Napoleon, Ohio in 1872. He worked with the Evangelical Association's publishing arm in Cleveland for eleven years. He served in many chapels and churches in Cleveland and in Grafton in the 1880s, among them Bethel Home for Sailors and Seamen, Chestnut Ridge Union Chapel, Grace Congregational Church and Rockport Congregational Church. In his lifetime he wrote more than 2,000 gospel songs including"Leaning on the everlasting arms" (1894). The fifty song books he edited include Pentecostal Hymns No. 1 and The Evergreen, 1873. Mary Louise VanDyke… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Temptation my soul may assail
Title: I Promised to Be True
Author: Rev. Elisha A. Hoffman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I promised that I would be true
Publication Date: 1923
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 1923.

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