16. It's Real

1 O how well do I remember how I doubted day by day.
For I did not know for certain that my sins were washed away;
When the Spirit tried to tell me, I would not the truth receive.
I endeavored to be happy, and to make myself believe.

Refrain:
But it’s real, it’s real,
O I know it’s real;
Praise God, the doubts are settled,
For I know, I know it’s real.

2 When the truth came close and searching, all my joy would disappear.
For I did not have the witness of the Spirit bright and clear;
If at times the coming judgment would appear before my mind,
O it made me so uneasy, for God’s smile I could not find. [Refrain]

3 But at last I tired of living such a life of fear and doubt.
For I wanted God to give me something I would know about;
So the truth would make me happy, and the light would clearly shine,
And the Spirit gave assurance that I’m His and He is mine. [Refrain]

4 So I prayed to God in earnest, and not caring what folks said.
I was hungry for the blessing; my poor soul it must be fed;
When at last by faith I touched Him, and, like sparks from smitten steel,
Just so quick salvation reached me; O bless God, I know it’s real! [Refrain]

Text Information
First Line: O how well do I remember how I doubted day by day
Title: It's Real
Author: H. L. C.
Refrain First Line: But it's real, it's real
Language: English
Publication Date: 1981
Topic: Hymns
Copyright: © 1907. Renewed 1934 by Lillenas Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Notes: Now Public Domain
Tune Information
Name: [O how well do I remember how I doubted day by day]
Composer: H. L. Cox
Key: D♭ Major
Copyright: © 1907. Renewed 1934 by Lillenas Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
Notes: Now Public Domain



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