Victory in Jesus

lyrics and music by eugene m. bartlett

Victory in Jesus Lyrics

 

I heard an old, old story how a Savior 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 Savior, 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.

O victory in Jesus, my Savior, 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 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.

 

O victory in Jesus, my Savior, 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.

 

 

Victory in Jesus Guitar Chords

 

  G                 Am G        C                G           

I heard an old, old story how a Savior came from glory,

       Em               G    Em    A                  D        

How He gave His life on Calvary to save a wretch like me;

  G                                C                 G             

I heard about His groaning, of His precious blood's atoning,

            D   Em            Am         G D G  

Then I repented of my sin and won the victory.

          C  G         C         G      

O victory in Jesus, my Savior forever.

   Em        D   G              A             D        

He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood.

   G                        G7  C                  G    

He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him,

                 Em        D         G     D   G          

He plunged me to victory beneath the cleansing flood.

 

Scripture References

  • 1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart...
  • John 14:2 - My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
  • Revelation 4:6 - Also in front of the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
  • Revelation 21:21 - The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

The Story

 

Eugene Monroe Bartlett was born on Christmas Eve 1885 in Waynesville Missouri. He was educated at the Hall-Moody Institute in Martin, Tennessee, a prominent Baptist college, where he trained in music. After school he became a mugh sought-after music teacher. He travelled throughout the South holding music schools, teaching anyone who was interested how to sight read music using shape notes. He was also an aspiring songwriter.

 

In 1918, he along with friends David Moore and John McClung would establish the Hartford Music Company in Hartford, Arkansas. The company helped establish the new genre of music that we know of today as Southern Gospel music, publishing shape note songbooks for use in conventions around the country. He wrote most of the songs himself. Bartlett and his company were heavily influential in the development of religious music, making it accessible to millions upon millions of people.

 

Bartlett also established the Hartford Music Institute as a way to teach music and also provide an outlet for their songs. In 1926, he would sponsor and mentor a young songwriter named Alfred Brumley to attend his school. Brumley of course would go on to become perhaps the best-known Southern Gospel songwriter of all time, writing such songs as "I'll Fly Away", "Turn Your Radio On", "I'll Meet You in the Morning", and many more. 20 years later, Brumley himself would purchase the Hartform Music Company. Southern gospel music would continue to evolve as a musical genre in itself, and would go on to be a major influence on many other kinds of music, from country to rock and roll.

 

Bartlett's songs were recorded by the leading music quartets of the day. He continued to travel the country and perform. At age 54, however, he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to perform or travel anymore. But it was in this year that he wrote "Victory in Jesus", which of all the more than 800 songs he wrote in his lifetime has endured the most over the years.

 

The lyrics become all the more poignant when you consider that Brumley would pass away less than two years later at only 56 years old. Even as his outer body was withering away, he could so powerfully feel Jesus' love, cry out to him to heal his spirit, and look forward to the crown of righteousness ready for all who have loved His appearing.

 

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