Nursery Rhymes

Balm in Gilead

Balm in Gilead Lyrics

The words and lyrics of this African American Spiritual begin with "Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain" as the first line of the song. The words, tune and lyrics of the "Balm in Gilead" song were passed on verbally and the names of the author and composer are therefore unknown.

Balm in Gilead Song Meaning and History
The history of the "Balm in Gilead" song lyrics date back to the Slave Plantations between the 1600's to 1800's when the song was sung by slaves as a reference to Jeremiah chapter 8 and Jeremiah chapter 46 in the Bible. Meaning: This religious song reflects the concept of healing, hope and salvation through Jesus Christ. We have placed "Balm in Gilead" in the category of African American Spirituals, aka Negro Spirituals and Slave Songs.

Balm in Gilead Song
Title: Balm in Gilead *** Name of Composer: Unknown *** Name Author / Writer of Lyrics: Unknown *** Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals

Information about the Song
Title of Song: Balm in Gilead
Type of song: Religious Spiritual
Author of Lyrics: Unknown
Nationality of Author: African American

Name of Music Composer: Unknown
Song Category: Slave Songs aka African American Spirituals or Negro Spirituals
First Line of Song: "Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain"
First Publication Date: 1867. The lyrics of the song were first published in 'Slave Songs of the United States'.

Balm in Gilead Lyrics

Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

If you cannot preach like Peter, if you cannot pray like Paul,
You can tell the love of Jesus and say, "He died for all."
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

Don’t ever feel discouraged, for Jesus is your friend;
And if you lack for knowledge, He’ll never refuse to lend.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.

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