Jesus Took My Burden

When I, a poor, lost sinner, Before the Lord did fall

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [When I, a poor, lost sinner] (Lillenas)
Published in 29 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 When I, a poor, lost sinner,
Before the Lord did fall,
And in the name of Jesus
For pardon loud did call;
He heard my supplication,
And soon the weak was strong,
For Jesus took my burden,
And left me with a song.

Yes, Jesus took my burden
I could no longer bear,
Yes, Jesus took my burden
In answer to my prayer;
My anxious fears subsided,
My spirit was made strong,
For Jesus took my burden,
And let me with a song.

2 Ofttimes the way is dreary,
And rugged seems the road,
Ofttimes I'm weak and weary,
When bent beneath some load;
But when I cry in weakness,
"How long, O Lord, how long?"
Then Jesus takes the burden,
And leaves we with a song. [Refrain]

3 When I was crushed with sorrow
I bowed in deep despair,
My load of grief and heartache
Seemed more than I could bear;
'Twas when I heard a whisper,
"You to the lord belong,"
Then Jesus took my burden,
And left me with a song. [Refrain]

4 I'll trust Him for the further,
He knoweth all the way,
For with His eye He'll guide me
Along life's pilgrim way;
And I will tell in heaven,
While ages roll along,
How Jesus took my burden,
And left me with a song. [Refrain]

Source: The New Church Hymnal #411

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When I, a poor, lost sinner, Before the Lord did fall
Title: Jesus Took My Burden
Author: Johnson Oatman
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Yes, Jesus took my burden, I could no longer bear
Copyright: Public Domain



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