What if all the world was given unto me

What if all the world was given unto me

Author: Charles A. Tindley
Tune: I'll be satisfied
Published in 1 hymnal

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1. What if all the world was given unto me.
   In the sight of men, how exalted I would be?
   If I have not Jesus when I come to die,
   All the world can never satisfy.

   Though I possess no treasures here below,
   Though I but few life's pleasures ever know,
   With the gift of heaven, Jesus crucified,
   I'll be satisfied, I'll be satisfied.

2. Compliments are pleasant, those who thus are blessed,
   Kindly smiles and greetings brings us happiness.
   In the gloomy shadows, when the end is night,
All our earthly friends cannot satisfy.      Chorus

3. Honor and position may your fortune be,
   Life with tears and heartaches may you never see,
   All of these will vanish when you come to die.
   Only Jesus Christ will satisfy.      Chorus

4. Palaces and mansion* you may never own,
   In your earthly pathway humble and alone.
   If you have the gift that money cannot buy,
   When all else have failed, it will satisfy.      Chorus

*As published in Song of Paradise (1941). Original key = Ab

*As published in New Songs of Paradise (1941).

Source: Beams of Heaven: Hymns of Charles Albert Tindley #27

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: What if all the world was given unto me
Author: Charles A. Tindley
Refrain First Line: Though I possess no treasures here below
Publication Date: 2006
Copyright: This text may still be under copyright because it was published in 2006.