How Can I Keep From Singing

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How Can I Keep From Singing
"How Can I Keep From Singing" is an American Christian hymn from the 19th century, written by Robert Lowry. Lowry praises the love and peace of Christ in this song and proclaims, "No storm can shake my inmost calm, While to that Rock I'm clinging" referencing the rock of Jesus Christ. This hymn is a celebration of Christ and encourages us to sing His praises continually. Read the full lyrics and the background story of Robert Lowry below!

1 My life flows on in endless song,
above earth’s lamentation.
I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn
that hails a new creation.

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?

2 Through all the tumult and the strife,
I hear that music ringing.
It finds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

3 What though my joys and comforts die,
I know my Savior liveth.
What though the darkness gather round?
Songs in the night he giveth. [Refrain]

4 The peace of Christ makes fresh my heart,
a fountain ever springing!
All things are mine since I am his!
How can I keep from singing? [Refrain]

Songwriters Robert Lowry Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind How Can I Keep From Singing

According to, "Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia, March 12, 1826. His fondness for music was exhibited in his earliest years. As a child, he amused himself with the various musical instruments that came into his hands. At the age of seventeen, he joined the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia and soon became an active worker in the Sunday school as a teacher and chorister.

At the age of twenty-two, he gave himself to the work of the ministry and entered upon a course of study at the University of Lewisburg, Pa. At the age of twenty-eight, he was graduated with the highest honors of his class. In the same year of his graduation, he entered the work of the ministry. While pastor at Lewisburg, he was also a professor of belles lettres in the University and received the honorary degree of D. D. in 1875.

The Doctor frequently said that he regarded "Weeping Will Not Save Me" as the best and most evangelistic hymn he ever wrote. The following are some of his most popular and sweetest gospel melodies: "Shall We Gather at the River?" "One More Day's Work for Jesus," "I Need Thee Every Hour," "The Mistakes of My Life," "How Can I Keep from Singing?," "All the Way My Saviour Leads Me," "We're Marching to Zion," etc. "Shall We Gather at the River?" is perhaps the most widely popular of all his songs."

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