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Tell It Again

Tell It Again song lyrics

Lyrics to ‘Tell It Again’ – a children’s gospel song, based on a true story—when a missionary visited a gypsy camp, he was directed towards a dying young boy … upon hearing the gospel story for the first time, the boy replied, ‘Nobody told me.’ Lyrics by Ma­ry B. Slade, in Good News, or Songs and Tunes for Sun­day Schools, Christ­ian As­so­ci­a­tions, and Spe­cial Meet­ings, (1876), music by Rig­don M. Mc­In­tosh

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!”


3 thoughts on “Tell It Again

  1. Roger Metzger says:

    I fancy myself a writer. This morning, I decided to write something about what “the gospel” is and I thought about this song.

    I’m not sure I ever heard the story upon which the song was based. Thanks for publishing this.

    As I understand it, the song was first published in 1876. Do you know how long prior to that the event occurred on which the song was based?

    1. John Purdie says:

      This hymn will go down as one of the greatest ever recorded!
      I had heard it sung many years ago, and it kept resurfacing in my mind…but I could not remember any words, except “The tent
      where a gypsy boy lay”
      I used my tablet and entered the above quote…and behold the four stanzas of the hymn appeared!
      To me, this is the most touching account of the Salvation Story, I have ever heard.
      Perhaps the simplicity of the message,
      perhaps because it was a poor little boy,
      perhaps ” that for me He was sent”
      perhaps “Lord I believe, tell it now to the rest.”
      perhaps the urgency of the moment!
      The whole story is as PROFOUND as it is COMPELLING.
      No one can hear those words, and be unmoved.
      The testimony of a poor little gypsy boy speaks volumes to the saved and the unsaved. How hungry the world is, to hear SALVATION’S STORY. TELL IT AGAIN , AND. AGAIN!!

  2. Karen Williams-Knight says:

    Today the 2nd of December 2022 this song came to me when I woke up to do my early morning devotions, a song from my childhood that my departed daddy used to sing. When I get these songs I know it’s God our Father who place it there. This is His commission to tell the Gospels Story over and over till none can say they’ve never heard it before.

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