Where Love Abides

'Tis hard for us all to be smiling

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar
Tune: ['Tis hard for us all to be smiling]
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1 ‘Tis hard for us all to be smiling,
With never a sigh nor a frown,
To always seem joyous and happy
And not for a moment cast down;
But if in our hearts we shall carry
The beautiful sunshine of Love,
Each cloud will be spann’d with rainbow,
God’s mercy and goodness to prove.

Each life has its season of gladness,
Its Springtime with bright, sunny hours,
Each life has its season of sadness,
When blossom no sweet smiling flow’rs;
Each life has its season of Winter,
When chilling winds fiercely may blow,
But joy is each moment abiding,
When love in the heart is aglow.

2 Our lives need not change like the seasons,
But constant with love may abide,
Faith’s anchor so firmly shall hold us,
Tho swift be the flow of the tide;
In hope we shall ride on in safety,
With never a fear nor a sigh,
For Love ever clearly is shining,
Tho darkness is hiding the sky. [Refrain]

3 Oh God, help us all to be faithful,
To carry Love’s sunshine thru life,
Thru days that are marr’d by the tempest,
to lives that are burden’d with strife;
For only by living for others
Shall life full of happiness be,
And thus, by our living and loving,
We all shall be living for Thee. [Refrain]

Source: The Excelsior Hymnal #146

Author: Grant Colfax Tullar

Grant Colfax Tullar was born August 5, 1869, in Bolton, Connecticut. He was named after the American President Ulysses S. Grant and Vice President Schuyler Colfax. After the American Civil War, his father was disabled and unable to work, having been wounded in the Battle of Antietam. Tullar's mother died when he was just two years old so Grant had no settled home life until he became an adult. Yet from a life of sorrow and hardship he went on to bring joy to millions of Americans with his songs and poetry. As a child, he received virtually no education or religious training. He worked in a woolen mill and as a shoe clerk. The last Methodist camp meeting in Bolton was in 1847. Tullar became a Methodist at age 19 at a camp meeting near Wat… Go to person page >

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First Line: 'Tis hard for us all to be smiling
Title: Where Love Abides
Author: Grant Colfax Tullar
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Each life has its season
Copyright: Public Domain


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