I Entered Once A Home Of Care


I entered once a home of care,
For age and penury were there,
Yet joy and peace withal;
I asked the lonely mother, whence
Her helpless widowhood’s defense,
She told me, Christ was all!

Refrain:
All in all,
All in all,
Be this my trust whate’er befall,
“Christ is all in all.”

I saw the martyr at the stake,
And not fierce flames his faith could shake,
Nor death his soul appall;
I asked him whence such strength was given,
He looked triumphantly to heaven,
And answered, “Christ is all!” [Refrain]

I saw the Gospel herald go
To Afric’s sand and Greenland’s snow,
To save from Satan’s thrall;
Nor home, nor life he counted dear,
‘Midst wants and perils owned no fear,
He felt that Christ was all. [Refrain]

I dreamt that hoary time had fled,
And earth and sea resigned their dead,
A fire dissolved this ball:
I saw the Church’s glorious throng;
I heard the burden of their song,-
‘T was Christ is all in all! [Refrain]

Then come to Jesus! come to-day!
Come! Father, Son, and Spirit, say;
The Bride repeats the call:
Come! he has blood for all your stains;
come! he has balm for all your pains;
Come! he is all in all! [Refrain]