How Can I Keep From Singing?

SAATTB, a cappella

A setting of this familiar early American hymn, put together in a full-bore, barn-burning Sacred Harp arrangement.

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Robert Lowry

My life goes on in endless song
above earth's lamentation,
I hear the real, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging,
Since love is Lord of heav'n and earth
How can I keep from singing?

When tyrants tremble as they hear
the bells of freedom ringing,
when friends rejoice both far and near
how can I keep from singing?
In prison cell and dungeon vile
our thoughts to them are winging.
When friends by shame are undefiled
how can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest loudly roars?
I hear the truth, it liveth.
What though the darkness 'round me close?
Songs in the night it giveth.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear that music ringing,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?