How Can I Keep from Singing?
Robert Lowry 1826-1899
Other sources attribute this Quaker hymn to Ann Warner 1850 or Susan Warner 1850


My life flows on in endless song,
Above earth's lamentation.
I hear the real though far off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife,
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?

What if my joys and comforts die,
I know that truth is living.
What if the darkness 'round me close?
Still truth it's light is giving.
No storm can shake my inmost calm
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since Love is Lord of heav'n and earth,
How can I keep from singing?

I lift my eyes unto the hills
From whence my help doth come;
And day by day this pathway smooths,
Since first I learned to love it.
The peace from love makes fresh my heart,
A song of hope is singing.
All things are mine since truth I found.
How can I keep from singing?

There's an excerpt of Pete Seeger singing this song at Paul Winter's World of Living Music.


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