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If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold

Author: Charles Albert Tindley (ca. 1906)
Published in 58 hymnals

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1 If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
And you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

2 If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

3 When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
Don’t forget that God in heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

4 When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,
And your body bends beneath the weight of care,
He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. [Refrain]

Source: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: an African American ecumenical hymnal #535

Author: Charles Albert 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 >

Text Information

First Line: If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold
Title: Leave it there
Author: Charles Albert Tindley (ca. 1906)
Meter: 7.7.11 D with refrain
Language: English
Refrain First Line: Leave it there, leave it there
Copyright: Public Domain



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African American Heritage Hymnal #420

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African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #427

Beams of Heaven #20

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Hymns of Faith #94


Lead Me, Guide Me (2nd ed.) #593

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Lift Every Voice and Sing II #197

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #535

Sacred Selections for the Church #235

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Songs of Zion #23

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The A.M.E. Zion Hymnal #637

The Christian Life Hymnal #466


The Cyber Hymnal #10730

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The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #187

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The United Methodist Hymnal #522


Total Praise #427

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Yes, Lord! #280

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