Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32
Words: Sadie Sterling, in Uplifted Voices (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Geibel & Lehman, 1901), number 33.
Music: Caridad Adam Geibel (🔊 pdf nwc).
If you know where to get a good photo of Sterling (head-and-shoulders, at least 200×300 pixels), would you ?
A long time I struggled with conflicts within,
I longed to be free from the burden of sin,
My heart was so wayward tho’ oft I had tried
To yield up my will to the dear Crucified.
I longed to be free, oh, I longed to be free!
From bondage and sin, how I longed to be free!
I heard the glad story of pardon so free,
And mercy abundant for sinners like me;
But pride was my master,
I stilled my heart’s moan,
And went on my way, feeling sad, and so lone.
At last His love conquered, I flew to His breast,
And cried in my anguish,
O Lord, give me rest!
I heard His sweet voice say,
Fear not, I am near,
Thy prayer I have answered, thy pardon is here.
No longer in sadness or sorrow I roam,
My Savior goes with me,
My heart is His home;
I tell Him my troubles, and all that alarms,
He whispers most sweetly,
Come, hide in My arms.