“When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round”


"When sorrows encompass me 'round, And many distresses I see, Astonished, I cry, 'Can a poor mortal be found Surrounded with troubles like me?'" The weary singer hopes for peace, and expects at last to find it with Jesus

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When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round
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Death-Bed Song

From Harvey H. Fuson, Ballads of the Kentucky Highlands, pp. 217-218
"From singing of Mrs. Louisa Moses."

While sorrows encompass me round,
And endless distresses I see,
Astonished, I cry, "Can a mortal be found
That's surrounded with troubles like me!"

Few hours of peace I enjoy,
And these are succeeded by pain;
If a moment of praising my God I employ,
I have hours and days to complain.

(7 additional stanzas)

Cross references


  1. Warner 94, "When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Fuson, pp. 217-218, "Death-Bed Song" (1 text)
  3. ST Wa094 (Partial)
  4. Roud #16402
  5. BI, Wa094


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1931 (Fuson)
Keywords: religious
Found in: US(SE)