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 pow'r 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 bro't
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.
Words and Music by E.M. Bartlett
1939 - Administrated by Integrated Copyright Group, Inc.
All rights reserved
Eugene Bartlett, author and composer of both words and music, was
born in Missouri. After finishing Hall-Moody Institute in Martin,
Tenn., he began teaching in singing schools. Because of his musical
gifts and talents, young Bartlett was a sought-after music teacher.
In 1918, he established the Hartford Music Co. in Hartford, Ark., and
published many shape-note songbooks featuring his songs and the songs
of contemporary writers.
For more than 20 years, Bartlett conducted singing schools throughout
Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama and Tennessee. For several years he
edited a monthly music magazine, Herald of Song, promoting singing
schools, including news of local personalities and advertising the
"Victory in Jesus" was written in 1939, two years before Bartlett's
death. The song first appeared that year in "Gospel Choruses," a
paperback songbook published by James Vaughan in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Since the early 1960s, "Victory in Jesus" has become popular among
evangelical congregations, and the recent hymnals published for these
churches have included it.