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The Story that Never Grows Old

How dear to my heart is the story of old

Author: John Henry Yates
Tune: [How dear to my heart is the story of old]
Published in 30 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 How dear to my heart is the story of old,
The story that ever is new,
The message that saints of all ages have told,
The message so tender and true.

The story that never grows old,
Tho’ over and over ’tis told;
The story so dear, bringing Heaven so near,
Sweet story that never grows old.

2 It came to my heart when, all fettered by sin,
I sat in the prison of doubt;
Like angel of old, the glad story came in,
And led me triumphantly out. [Refrain]

3 It comes to my soul when the tempter is nigh
With snares for my way-weary feet;
It tells of the Rock that is higher than I,
And leads to its blissful retreat. [Refrain]

4 When sorrow is mine, and on pillows of stone
My aching head seeks for repose,
This story brings comfort and peace from the throne,
My desert blooms forth like the rose. [Refrain]

5 When down in the valley and shadow of death,
I enter the gloom of the grave,
I’ll tell the old story with life’s latest breath,
Of Christ and His power to save. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #10394

Author: John Henry Yates

Rev. John H. Yates, was born in Batavia, N. Y., November 31, 1837. He was educated at the Batavia Union School, but at the age of eighteen was forced to engage in business as a clerk to help maintain his aged parents. For several years he was with his brother, Thomas Yates, in the shoe business; afterwards, for seven years, salesman in G. B. Worthington's hardware store. In 1871 he took charge of the fancy goods department in E. L. & G. D. Kenyon's double store and remained there fifteen years. In 1886 he was called to be local editor of the Progressive Batavian, and filled the position nearly ten years. When twenty-one years of age Mr. Yates was licensed to preach in the Methodist church, but was not ordained until 1897. For nearly seven y… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: How dear to my heart is the story of old
Title: The Story that Never Grows Old
Author: John Henry Yates
Language: English
Refrain First Line: The story that never grows old
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #10394
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The Cyber Hymnal #10394

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