For Mother’s Sake

When I'm tempted to wander in sin far away

Author: W. C. Poole
Tune: [When I'm tempted to wander in sin far away]
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1 When I’m tempted to wander in sin far away,
Then sweet mem’ries hold me within the right way;
And something just whispers “Be steady there, you,”
To your mother’s teachings be faithful and true.

For mother’s sake I must be true,
For mother’s sake I’ll dare and do;
And follow Christ today—will you?
For dear old mothers’ sake.

2 When the battle grows harder and I dread the fight,
When wrong seems to triumph and conquer the rights;
Then faintly but firmly I hear her clear call,
While God watches over, I never shall fall. [Refrain]

3 When the call of my Saviour sounds clearer to me,
That tells how He suffered and died on the tree;
To win o’er temptation I surely will try,
For Christ and my mother I’ll conquer or die. [Refrain]

4 When I think of my mother in the old rocking chair,
As when for her blessings I knelt there in pray’r;
I laugh at all struggles and storm tossing sea,
And my mother mem’ry brings vict’ry for me. [Refrain]

Source: New Songs of Pentecost No. 2 #50

Author: W. C. Poole

William C. Poole was born and raised on a farm in Maryland. His parents belonged to the Methodist church. He graduated from Washington College and became a Methodist minister in Wilmington, Delaware area. He was pastor of McCabe Memorial, Richardson Park and other churches. In 1913 he was superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League of Delaware. He wrote about five hundred hymns. The writing was done as recreation and a diversion from his pastoral work. His goal in writing as well as in being a minister was to help people. Dianne Shapiro, from "The Singers and Their Songs: sketches of living gospel hymn writers" by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel (Chicago: The Rodeheaver Company, 1916) Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: When I'm tempted to wander in sin far away
Title: For Mother’s Sake
Author: W. C. Poole
Language: English
Refrain First Line: For mother's sake I must be true
Publication Date: 1917
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.
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