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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. © The Cyber Hymnal™ (www.hymntime.com/tch) Go to person page >

Text Information

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



The Cyber Hymnal #5061
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Instances (1 - 95 of 95)

A Messenger for Jesus #d296

American-Assyro Unique Song Book #d23

Apostolic Songs #d96

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Awakening Songs for the Church, Sunday School and Evangelistic Services #80

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 #176

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

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Full Gospel Songs #101

Gems of Grace and Glory #d109

Glorious Gospel Hymns #d552

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Glory Songs #98

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Gospel Hymns and Songs #80

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Gospel Pearls #97

Greatest and Lasting Hymns #d329

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His Praise #112

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

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Jewel Songs #191

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

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Melodies of Praise #288

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Millennial Revival #90

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 #261

Praise and Worship #261

Quartet Song Book No. 3 #d81

Quartet Song Book No. 4 #d93

Radio Songs of the Country Church Choir #d92

Redemption's Message #d121

Revival Message #d124

Sing Hosannas (a revised and enlarged ed. 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 #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

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Songs of Redemption #122

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Songs of Salvation and Service. Revised #88

Songs of the Coming King #d116

Songs of the Pentecostal Flame #d95

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Songs of the Sanctuary #43

Songs of Unsearchable Riches #d92

Soul Stirring Songs #d139

Soul-stirring Songs & Hymns (Rev. ed.) #245

Spiritual Evangel #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

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The Best of All #174


The Cyber Hymnal #5061

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The Golden Sheaf No. 2 #99

The Highway Hymnal #d302

The New Golden Sheaf #d169

The New National Baptist Hymnal #282

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The Revival No. 6 #150

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

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Voices of praise #124

Western Style Songs. Vol. 3 #d27

World Favorite Gospel Songs and Hymns #d69

Worship in Song #d170

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