I know it now

Through many years I tried to serve the Lord

Author: Henry J. Zelley
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1 Through many years I tried to serve the Lord,
Tried to obey the precepts of His Word;
I served because I knew it to be right,
But found no joy, no ray of holy light.
Can Jesus save? I longed to know;
To hear the Spirit’s whisper low
Then to His praise I’d ever gladly sing,
And glory give to Christ, my King.

2 At last I heard the Saviour’s gentle voice;
I made His will my own, my only choice;
My life, my pride, ambition, all were giv’n,
Then from my heart each earthly tie was riv’n.
Can Jesus save? I longed to know;
To hear the Spirit’s whisper low
Then to His praise I’d ever gladly sing,
And glory give to Christ, my King.

3 I saw the Christ, but ah! so far away,
Standing alone: I ran without delay;
Just then he turned and came so near to me
I touched His hand, and now my soul is free.
He saves me now! O yes, I know,
His holy Spirit tells me so;
Now to His praise I’d ever gladly sing;
And glory be to Christ my King.

4 ‘Tis settled now, I know, and all is well,
For Christ the Saviour comes with me to dwell;
Since by His blood He washed my sins away,
I’ll shout His praise through an eternal day.
He saves me now! O yes, I know,
His holy Spirit tells me so;
Now to His praise I’d ever gladly sing;
And glory be to Christ my King.


Source: Hymns of the Kingdom: for use in religious meetings #65

Author: Henry J. Zelley

Henry Jeffreys Zelley was born at Mt. Holly, NJ, on Mar. 15, 1859. Educated in the Mt. Holly public schools, at Pennington Seminary, and at Taylor University, where he earned his M. A., Ph. D., and D. D. degrees, he became a Methodist minister in 1882 and first served in the New Jersey Conference as a statistical secretary, treasurer, and trustee, becoming a promoter of the campmeeting movement. Noted for his evangelistic fervor, Zelley produced over 1500 poems, hymns, and gospel songs. One of his songs, "He Brought Me Out" with music by Henry L. Gilmour, appears in several denominational hymnals. Cyberhymnal also lists "When Israel Out of Bondage Came" or "He Rolled the Sea Away" with music by Gilmour too. Another of Zelley’s so… Go to person page >

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First Line: Through many years I tried to serve the Lord
Title: I know it now
Author: Henry J. Zelley
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