Scripture Verse

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 & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),

Adam Geibel (1855–1933)


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.