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How Can I Keep From Singing

Adapted and arranged by Noel Stookey and Doris Plenn
1979  Public Domain Foundation, Inc.

My life flows on in endless song
Above earth's lamentations
I hear the real, though far off hymn
That hails a new creation

Above the tumult and the strife
I hear its music ringing
It sounds an echo in my soul
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble, sick with fear
And hear their death-knell ringing
When friends rejoice both far and near
How can I keep from singing?

In prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them go winging
When friends by shame are undefiled
How can I keep from singing?

And while the tempest loudly roars
I hear the truth, it liveth
And though the darkness round me close
Songs in the night it giveth

No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging
Since love is lord of Heaven and earth
How can I keep from singing?
How can I keep from singing?

Alleluia, Alleluia

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