I heard an old, old story,
How a Saviour came from Glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood’s atoning,
Then I repented of my sins and won the victory.
O victory in Jesus, my Saviour, forever!
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ‘ere I knew Him,
And all my love is due Him;
He plunged me to victory
Beneath the cleansing flood.
I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing power revealing,
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried: “Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit!”
And somehow Jesus came and brought
To me the victory.
I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in Glory,
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I’ll sing up there
The song of victory.
Eugene Bartlett was a prolific American writer of Gospel songs in the early 20th century, but most of his songs are not well-known today. Victory in Jesus, however, is still sung with gusto in some congregations, indicating people’s love for its truths and its liveliness.
Bartlett spent his early years in Missouri and Arkansas and became a trained music teacher. He worked in the music publishing business for Central Music Company and gave opportunities to many Gospel songwriters and musicians. He persuaded David Moore, the company’s owner, to join with others to form the Hartford Music Company, and Bartlett himself established the Hartford Music Institute in 1921.Victory in Jesus, however, is still sung with gusto in some congregations Click To Tweet
It was after Eugene Bartlett suffered a stroke in 1939 that he wrote Victory in Jesus. Perhaps the physical and spiritual healing he mentions were a result of his own experience of that stroke and his initial discouragement, followed by the joy of triumphant recovery. How wonderful that we can all apply those sentiments to our own weaknesses and triumphs!How wonderful that we can all apply those sentiments to our own weaknesses and triumphs! Click To Tweet