Hymn History: I Love To Tell The Story.
Katherine Hankey loved to tell others of her Savior. She was born in 1834 into a wealthy English family, but her desire and joy was to see the poor and downhearted come to Christ. Early in life she started conducting Bible studies all over the city of London.
When she was thirty she got very sick and was
told that she had to take some time off from her
Bible studies and rest. For a year, she
rested but did not lay dormant. It was during
this time that she took her pen and wrote a
very long poem about Jesus Christ. It was out
of the second half of her poem where we find
the words to our hymn, "I Love To Tell The Story."
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The Lyrics: I Love To Tell The Story
I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love;
I love to tell the story because I know 'tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do
I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.
I love to tell the story, 'tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God's own Holy Word.
I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
'Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.
I love to tell the story,
'Twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
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