We passed poor Johnny's cabin

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1 We passed poor Johnny's cabin,
The evening sun was low,
And thro' the little window
It sent its parting glow;
His patient eyes were resting
Upon the open door,
And, while we listened, sweetly came
This burden o'er and o'er.

I love him, oh, I love him,
My Saviour near and dear,
For tho' he cares for countless worlds,
He's always with me here.
O Savior, blessed Savior,
My heart is filled with joy,
How can you stay, and love me so,
A little crippled boy?

2 His old and well-worn Bible
Was close beside his bed,
The golden hues of sunset
Were playing round his head;
A radiance more than earthly
Beamed from his features thin,
We paused to hear his song again
Before we entered in. [Refrain]

3 But when we came to leave him,
And held his slender hand,
We knew he had a comfort
We could not understand;
And as beneath the maple
We stopped again to hear,
There seemed a sound of angels in
The song so heav'nly clear. [Refrain]

Source: Minnetonka Songs: for Sabbath Schools, compiled especially for the Minnetonka Sabbath-School Assembly #28

Author: George F. Root

Root, George F., MUS. DOC, born in Sheffield, Berkshire County, Mass., Aug. 30, 1820. He is much more widely known as a composer of popular music than as a hymn writer. Four of his hymns are in I. D. Sankey's Sacred Songs & Solos, 1878. Nos. 16, 100, 293, and 297. A sympathetic biographical sketch, with portrait, is in The Tonic Sol-Fa Reporter, Sep. 1886. He died Aug. 6, 1895. --John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology, Appendix, Part II (1907)… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: We passed poor Johnny's cabin
Author: George F. Root
Refrain First Line: I love him, O I love him
Copyright: Public Domain



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