Monday, August 20, 2012

The Royal Telephone

Found this among the music of Robin's great-grandmother . . . a gospel piece from 1909 that uses the old telephone system as a metaphor for prayer and the spiritual life. The words and music are by F. M. Lehman. Enjoy!

Central's never busy
Always on the line,
You may hear from heaven,
Almost any time.
'Tis a royal service
Free for one and all,
When you get in trouble,
Give this royal line a call.

Chorus:
Telephone to glory,
Oh what joy divine
I can feel the current
Moving on the line;
Built by God the Father
For his lov'd and own
We may talk to Jesus
Thru the royal telephone.

There will be no charges
Telephone is free,
It was built for service,
Just for you and me.
There will be no waiting
On this royal line,
Telephone to glory,
Always answers just in time.

Fail to get the answer,
Satan's cross'd your wire,
By some strong delusion,
Or some base desire.
Take away obstruction
God is on the throne,
And you'll get the answer,
Thru' this Royal telephone.

If your line is grounded,
And connection true,
Has been lost with Jesus,
Tell you what to do.
Pray'r and Faith and Promise
Mend the broken wire,
Till your soul is burning,
With the Pentecostal fire.

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