Author of the Lyrics
The author of the beautiful
words of the "Tell It Again" lyrics, Mary Bridges Canedy Slade (January 18, 1826-April 15, 1882),
was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, United States and
achieved fame as a minister's wife, teacher and hymn writer.
Composer of Hymn Music
The composer of the
music that accompanies the
words of "Tell It Again", Rigdon McCoy McIntosh (April 3, 1836-July 2, 1899),
was born in Maury County, Tennessee, United States and
became famous as a composer and musician. He was also music editor of the Methodist Episcopal Church South Publishing House.
Information about the
Title of Hymn: Tell It Again
Author of Lyrics (Hymnist): Mary Bridges Canedy Slade (January 18, 1826
to April 15, 1882)
Nationality of Author:
Translator of the Hymn
lyrics: N/A Hymn written in English
Name of Composer of Music: Rigdon McCoy McIntosh (April 3, 1836 to
July 2, 1899)
Hymn Category: Funeral Songs
First Line of Hymn: "Into the tent where a gypsy boy lay, Dying alone at the close of the day"
First Publication Date:
Tell It Again Lyrics
Into the tent where a gypsy boy lay,
Dying alone at the close of the day,
News of salvation we carried; said he:
"Nobody ever has told it to me!"
Tell it again! Tell it again!
Salvation's story repeat o'er and o'er.
Till none can say of the children of men,
"Nobody ever has told me before."
"Did He so love me, a poor little boy?
Send unto me the good tidings of joy?
Need I not perish? My hand will He hold?
Nobody ever the story has told!"
Bending we caught the last words of his breath,
Just as he entered the valley of death:
"God sent His Son! ‘Whosoever,' said He:
Then I am sure that He sent Him for me!"
Smiling he said, as his last sigh he spent,
"I am so glad that for me He was sent!"
Whispered, while low sunk the sun in the west,
"Lord, I believe, tell it now to the rest!"