I've wandered in the darkness long enough

Author: Charles A. Tindley (1905)
Published in 2 hymnals

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1. I've wandered in the darkness long enough,
Without a hand to guide me;
Beyond is a waste too dang'rous and rough,
Now I turn, dear Lord, to Thee.

I start this very day
To lay aside my way,
Whate'er Thou shalt make it,
I will undertake it,
To do Thy will, not mine.

2. The pleasures I've sought are fading away,
My friends are going from me;
I am nearing the end of my life's short day,
Now I turn, dear Lord, to Thee.

3. The chains of sin are binding my heart,
I have tried so oft to be free;
Again in Thy name, dear Jesus, I start,
To cast my all on Thee.

4. I hear that Thou saved a thief on the cross,
When he turned and looked on Thee;
If Thou, as of old, art saving the lost,
I pray to Thee, remember me.

Source: Soul Echoes: A Collection of Songs for Religious Meetings, No. 2 #17

Author: Charles A. Tindley

Charles Albert Tindley was born in Berlin, Maryland, July 7, 1851; son of Charles and Hester Tindley. His father was a slave, and his mother was free. Hester died when he was very young; he was taken in my his mother’s sister Caroline Miller Robbins in order to keep his freedom. It seems that he was expected to work to help the family. In his Book of Sermons (1932), he speaks of being “hired out” as a young boy, “wherever father could place me.” He married Daisy Henry when he was seventeen. Together they had eight children, some of whom would later assist him with the publication of his hymns. Tindley was largely self-taught throughout his lifetime. He learned to read mostly on his own. After he and Daisy moved to Philadelphia… Go to person page >

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First Line: I've wandered in the darkness long enough
Title: Today
Author: Charles A. Tindley (1905)
Refrain First Line: I start this very day
Publication Date: 1905
Copyright: This text in in the public domain in the United States because it was published before 1923.