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There lives a voice within me

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1 There lives a voice within me,
Guest angel of my heart,
Whose whisp'rings strive to win me
To act a noble part.
Up evermore it springeth
Like some sweet melody.
And evermore it singeth
This song of songs to me:

This world is full of beauty,
That points the soul above,
And if we did our duty,
It might be full of love.

2 The leaf tongues of the forest,
The flower lips of the sod,
The birds that hymn their raptures
Up to the throne of God;
The summer wind that bringeth
Joy over land and sea.
Have each a voice that singeth
This song of songs to me: [Chorus]

3 O voice of God most tender,
O voice of God divine,
Still be my heart's defender
Till ev'ry tho't is Thine;
My soul in gladness bringeth
Its songs of praise to Thee,
While all around me singeth
This song of songs to me: [Chorus]

Source: Christ in Song: for all religious services nearly one thousand best gospel hymns, new and old with responsive scripture readings (Rev. and Enl.) #325

Author: Gerald Massey

Massey, Gerald, was b. May 29, 1828, in the parish of Tring, Herts, was for some time on the staff of the London Atherneum, and frequently contributed to the Quarterly Review. He has published many volumes of poems. The following have been used as hymns:— 1. Jerusalem the golden! I languish for one gleam. [Heaven.] In the Sunday Magazine, May 1865, p. 7. In his Tale of Eternity, 1870, p. 235, it reads "I weary for." 2. Surrounded by unnumbered foes. [Christian Courage.] In his Tale of Eternity, 1870, p. 272. 3. There lives a voice within me. [God's Voice.] In his Ballad of Babe Christabel, 1854, p. 32, entitled "This world is full of beauty." Mr. Massey died at South Norwood, London, Oct. 29,1907.… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: There lives a voice within me
Author: Gerald Massey
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Up evermore it springeth
Copyright: Public Domain


[There lives a voice within me] (Wilkinson)


The tune was named after its composer and published in the British volume The Hymnary (1872). TOURS has four broad phrases. Its repetitions of melodic and rhythmic units make it accessible and loved. The harmony suggests a stately tempo. Berthold Tours (b. Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 1838; d. Fulham…

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