Tell Me the Old Old Story

This hymn, which is popular for funerals, was written by English evangelist Arabella Katherine (Kate) Hankey (1834-1911).

With meter D with refrain, it is set to the tune TELL ME THE OLD OLD STORY, written for the text by American Baptist composer W. Howard Doane (1832-1915) in 1869, who first heard the text at a YMCA conference.



Small group, unaccompanied:

Instrumental verison - piano:

Congregation accompanied by brass-band:


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.

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.

Tell me the same old story
When you have cause to fear
That this world's empty glory
Is costing me too dear.
Tell me the story always,
If you would really be,
In any time of trouble,
A comforter to me.

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