Friday, 27 September 2019

Tell Me the Old, Old Story Hymn Story and Lyrics

Tell Me the Old, Old Story Hymn Story


I first heard this song, "Tell me the old, old story" through a friend's cassette tape some twenty years ago and I fell in love with it immediately. It became one of my favorite hymns ever.

It is a simple yet very beautiful song about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We all need to hear this old old story that has brought a smile on dying patients and brought peace to millions.

The words of this hymn, "Tell me the old, old story were written by Katherine Hankey. 

Katherine Hankey was born in 1834 at Clapham, Surrey, England. She was the daughter of a banker.

During her lifetime she was a member of the Clapham Sect. This group fought slavery and funded Christian missionaries. 

She wrote the words of this hymn while recovering from a serious illness in London. 

As luck would have it, the famous musician George Washington Doane heard the poem being recited by Major General Russell in 1867. It was him who went on to add the music to these beautiful words. 

And because of that we now have this beautiful song that we have all come to love.

Katherine Hankey



Tell Me the Old, Old Story Lyrics


Tell me the old, old story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory,
Of Jesus and His love.
Tell me the story simply,
As to a little child,
For I am weak and weary,
And helpless and defiled.

Refrain: Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story,
Tell me the old, old story,
Of Jesus and His love.

Tell me the story slowly,
That I may take it in,
That wonderful redemption,
God’s remedy for sin.
Tell me the story often,
For I forget so soon;
The early dew of morning
Has passed away at noon.

Refrain

Tell me the story softly,
With earnest tones and grave;
Remember I’m the sinner
Whom Jesus came to save.
Tell me the story always,
If you would really be,
In any time of trouble,
A comforter to me.

Refrain

Tell me the same old story
When you have cause to fear
That this world’s empty glory
Is costing me too dear.
Yes, and when that world’s glory
Is dawning on my soul,
Tell me the old, old story:
Christ Jesus makes thee whole.

Refrain

For more stories and lyrics of popular hymns visit Popular and Old Hymns History



Others hymns that cames from Hankey's poems include, "Advent Tell Us, Christ Near"; "I Love to Tell the Story"; and "I Saw Him Leave His Father's Throne".

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