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After a While

The world of forms and changes

Author: Charles A. Tindley (1901)
Tune: After awhile
Published in 5 hymnals

Representative Text

1. The world of forms and changes
Is just now so confused
That there is found some danger
In ev'rything you use;
But this is consolation
To ev'ry blood-washed child,
The Lord will change our station,
After a while.

After a while, after a while,
The Lord will change our station,
After a while.

2. Old Satan tries to throw down
Ev'rything that's good;
He'd fix a way to confound
The righteous if he could.
But thanks to God Almighty
That he cannot beguile;
And we will be done fighting,
After a while.

3. There are some men and women
That help the devil on
By constantly complaining
Of everything that's done,
They want to be called Christians
And all their badness hide;
God will open the secret,
After a while.

4. If the preacher in his sermon,
Stands up to tell the truth,
They'll go about and murmur,
With slander and abuse,
They want the whole arrangement
To suit their selfish style,
But God will sit in judgment,
After a while.

5. I know we have too many
who are living in the dark;
They have but little if any,
Of Christian work at heart,
But thousands, though 'tis stormy,
Are marching undefiled;
And God will head the army,
After a while.

Source: Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings, No. 2 #39

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: The world of forms and changes
Title: After a While
Original Language: English
Author: Charles A. Tindley (1901)
Language: English
Refrain First Line: After a while, after a while
Publication Date: 1901
Copyright: Copyright, 1901, by C.A. Tindley



Instances (1 - 1 of 1)

Beams of Heaven #35

Include 4 pre-1979 instances
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