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[Afflictions, though they seem severe]

[Afflictions, though they seem severe]

Arranger: Ira D. Sankey
Published in 4 hymnals


Audio files: MIDI

Arranger: Ira D. Sankey

Sankey, Ira David, was born in Edinburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1840, of Methodist parents. About 1856 he removed with his parents to Newcastle, Pennsylvania, where he became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Four years afterwards he became the Superintendent of a large Sunday School in which he commenced his career of singing sacred songs and solos. Mr. Moody met with him and heard him sing at the International Convention of the Young Men's Christian Association, at Indianapolis, and through Mr. Moody's persuasion he joined him in his work at Chicago. After some two or three years' work in Chicago, they sailed for England on June 7, 1872, and held their first meeting at York a short time afterwards, only eight persons being present. T… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Arranger: Ira D. Sankey
Incipit: 5U111 (D7)6 (7)U1 11D5
Key: A♭ Major
Copyright: Public Domain

Texts

Afflictions, though they seem severe

Afflictions, though they seem severe,
In mercy oft are sent;
They stopped the prodigal's career,
And forced him to repent;
Although he no relenting felt
Till he had spent his store;
His stubborn heart began to melt,
When famine pinched him sore.

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