The old account settled long ago

There was a time on earth, when in the book of heaven

Author: Frank M. Graham
Tune: [There was a time on earth, when in the book of Heav'n]
Published in 95 hymnals

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1 There was a time on earth when in the book of heav’n
An old account was standing for sins yet unforgiv’n;
My name was at the top, and many things below,
I went unto the Keeper, and settled long ago.

Long ago, (Down on my knees,) long ago, (I settled it all,)
Yes, the old account was settled long ago; (Hallelujah!)
And the record’s clear today, for He washed my sins away,
When the old account was settled long ago.

2 The old account was large, and growing ev'ry day,
For I was always sinning, and never tried to pay;
But when I looked ahead and saw such pain and woe,
I said that I would settle, and settled long ago. [Refrain]

3 When at the judgment bar I stand before my King,
And He the book will open, He cannot find a thing;
Then will my heart be glad, while tears of joy will flow,
Because I had it settled, and settled long ago. [Refrain]

4 O sinner, seek the Lord, repent of all your sin,
For thus He hath commanded, if you would enter in;
And then if you should live a hundred years below,
E'en here you’ll not regret it, you settled long ago. [Refrain]

Source: Church Hymnal #176

Author: Frank M. Graham

Born: March 1, 1859, Birmingham, Illinois. Died: August 25, 1931, Greensboro, Georgia. Buried: Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Greensboro, Georgia. Graham was an ordained minister in the Wesleyan (Methodist) Church and served as District Superintendent in northern Georgia from around 1895 to about 1915. He was one of the founders of what is now Southern Wesleyan University at Central, South Carolina. Go to person page >

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First Line: There was a time on earth, when in the book of heaven
Title: The old account settled long ago
Author: Frank M. Graham
Refrain First Line: Long ago, down on my knees



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A Messenger for Jesus #d296
American-Assyro Unique Song Book #d23
Apostolic Songs #d96
Awakening Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services #80Page Scan
Banner of Love Songs #d146
Best of All #d135
Best of All Number 2 #d148
Billows of Love #d107
Blessed Hope Manual #d97
Chimes of Glory No. 3 #d82
Choice Collections #d178
Choir Favorites, Inspiring Songs for Volunteer and Rally Choirs, Vol. 2 #d59
Church Hymnal #176Text
Cream of Song #d201
Cross and Crown Hymnal, 3rd ed. #d452
Echoes of Calvary #d109
Evangelaires #d38
Evangelistic Hymns #d177
Evangelistic Hymns No. 2 #d176
Forward in Faith #d101
Foursquare Favorites #d154
Foursquare Hymnal #d298
Free Will Baptist Hymn Book #d324
Full Gospel Songs #101Page Scan
Gems of Grace and Glory #d109
Glorious Gospel Hymns #d552
Glory Songs #98Page Scan
Gospel Hymns and Songs: for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services #80Page Scan
Gospel Pearls #97Page Scan
Greatest and Lasting Hymns #d329
His Praise #112Page Scan
His Voice in Song #d138
Holiness to the Lord #d187
Hosanna in the Highest, Gypsy Smith's Campaign Song Book #d163
Hymns for the Master #d112
Hymns of Glorious Praise #d389
Jewel Songs: suitable for all kinds of religious services #191Page Scan
Lasting Hymns No. 2 #d237
Latter Rain Revival #d118
Let Everybody Sing #d224
Living Songs of Faith and Hope #d180
Living Water Songs No. 2 #d133
Melodies of Praise #288Page Scan
Millennial Revival #90Page Scan
New Songs of Inspiration No. 2 #d219
New Songs of Inspiration No. 4 #d241
New Songs of Inspiration Number 3 #d224
Old Camp Meeting Songs #d136
Pearls of Praise and Promise #d117
Pinebrook Victory Songs #d62
Praise and Worship: hymnal #261
Praise and Worship: the Nazarene hymnal #261
Quartet Song Book No. 3 #d81
Quartet Song Book No. 4 #d93
Radio Songs of the Country Church Choir: Singing for Jesus with Chelsea Stockwell #d92
Redemption's Message #d121
Revival Message #d124
Sing Hosannas, a Revised and Enlarged Edition of Let Everybody Sing #d248
Songs for Jesus #d98
Songs of Amazing Grace #d161
Songs of Full Salvation #d192
Songs of Inspiration #d189
Songs of Old-Time Power: a Book of the Best Spiritual Songs for Evangelistic and All Religious Purposes #d154
Songs of Pentecostal Power #d116
Songs of Pentecostal Power, Complete #d204
Songs of Power. Rev. #d208
Songs of Praise #d225
Songs of Redemption #d204
Songs of Redemption #122Page Scan
Songs of Salvation and Service. Revised #88Page Scan
Songs of the Coming King #d116
Songs of the Pentecostal Flame #d95
Songs of the Sanctuary #43Page Scan
Songs of Unsearchable Riches #d92
Soul Stirring Songs #d139
Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #245
Spiritual Evangel: a Book of Songs with Soul Appeal #d159
Spiritual hymns of worship #d460
Spiritual Songs and Hymns, for Use in All Gospel Services #d569
Sunday School and Revival Songs No.2 #d203
Sunshine Songs No. 2, a Collection of Gospel Specials Sung by the Sunshine Duo, Johnson and Gustafson #d104
Sweetest Praises #d237
The Best of All: complete #174Page Scan
The Cyber Hymnal #5061TextScoreAudio
The Golden Sheaf No. 2: a collection of gospel hymns, new and old, responsive readings, hymns for the Sunday school, young people's societies, male voices, choruses, and general worship #99Page Scan
The Highway Hymnal #d302
The New Golden Sheaf #d169
The New National Baptist Hymnal #282
The Revival No. 6 #150Page Scan
The Sheet Music of Heaven (Spiritual Song); The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song #d237
The Sheet Music of Heaven. The Mighty Triumphs of Sacred Song. 2nd ed. #d237
Voices of praise: prepared with especial reference to the needs of the Sunday school #124Page Scan
Western Style Songs. Vol. 3 #d27
World Favorite Gospel Songs and Hymns #d69
Worship in Song #d170
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