stormy-sky_lightning.jpg This week as the time comes to add another entry to my list, Then Sings My Soul: The Hymns of My Youth, I find myself adding what I assumed was a Bill Gaither hymn. And probably thought so too — though the Gaithers aren’t the only ones to have recorded it. Turns out, it was written by Mosie Lister in 1958.

Lister was born and raised in Cochran, Georgia, and studied English and music in college. By the late 1940s, he had worked with a number of groups including a brief tenure as an original member of the Statesmen Quartet. As his career took off and his songs began to find favor, he retired from touring to spend more time songwriting. In 1953, he founded his own Mosie Lister Publishing Company.

This song evokes memories of the strong voice with which it must be sung, with a deep and “solid” -sounding voice that assures you that the storm is passing, and everything will be alright until then.

‘Till the Storm Passes Over

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place.
‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, “There is no need to try,
For there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by”
But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise
Where the storms never darken the skies.

Chorus

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,
Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;
In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I
Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Chorus

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