How Can I Keep From Singing?

“How Can I Keep From Singing?” is, perhaps, the second most well-known gospel hymn authored by Robert Lowry (1826-1899) — the first being “Shall We Gather at the River?”

Born in Philadelphia, Lowry studied at Pennsylvania’s Lewisburg (today Bucknell) University; was ordained a Baptist minister in 1854; served in churches in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey; and later returned to Lewisburg and served as chancellor. Best remembered as a writer of more than 500 gospel songs and hymns, he edited numerous gospel song books and hymn books.

Like Horatio Spafford’s “It Is Well With My Soul,” Lowry’s “How Can I Keep From Singing?” (also known as “Endless Song”) expresses confidence in the eternal promises of Christ in spite of temporal circumstances. Its first verse and refrain proclaim:

My life flows on in endless song above earth’s lamentation; I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn, that hails a new creation. (Refrain): No storm can shake my inmost calm while to that Rock I’m clinging; since Christ is Lord of heaven and earth, how can I keep from singing?

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