I Have Counted the Cost

This hymn was written by English Roman Catholic priest Kevin Nichols, and was published in he 20th Century Folk Hymnal, Volume 3, published in 1976. No further publications or on-line exampes  have been found.

The unnamed tune, also by Nichols, has a 6/8 time signature. In the key of C the first few notes are EF ED#C D.



Lyrics

I have counted the cost of the years that are gone,
All the battles I lost and the few that I won.
And the plans that would dawn, that I somewhere mislaid,
And the hopes that were born, and the dreams that decayed.
Still in spite of the loss and the laobur in vain,
Still in spite of it all, I'll start over again,
Still in spite of it all, I'll start over again.

Lord I thought that I knew all the questions you'd ask,
What you'd want me to do, ev'ry truth, ev'ry task;
And your word seemed t near and your light seemed to strong,
And the road seemed to clear that you called me along.
Still in spite of the hopes time has carried away,
Still in spite of it all, I will walk in your way,
Still in spite of it all, I will walk in your way.

I had mastered it all, all my answers were true,
But when I heard your call all your questions were new;
All the ways that you came, the disguises you wore
You were just not the same, not the same anymore.
Still in spite of the loss and in spite of the pain,
Still in spite of it all, I will find you again,
Still in spite of it all, I will find you again.

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