My name is Leon, and I have a story to tell.
J Wilbur Chapman had been a noted Evangelist in the late 1800’s ever since being called at one of Dwight L. Moody’s campaigns. He left the Field in 1896 to be come a Pastor of a church. One day in 1898 Wilbur Chapman met Charles Marsh, who was then 12 years old. Rev. Chapman asked Charles to play the piano at a conference for 3 months that summer -- -- Rev Chapman paid him $100.00 for the 3 months.
One day 10 years later Rev Chapman wrote a poem. That summer he was again in charge of a conference at Stoneybrook, New York. He sought out Charles and asked him to come and play the piano at the conference. When Charles arrived, Brother Chapman handed him his poem and asked that he write music to go with the words.
The poem wasn’t: “O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM”, or
“THE HEALER”, or
“HE WAS NAILED TO THE CROSS FOR ME”, or
“HE AROSE”, or
“THERE’S GOING TO BE A MEETING IN THE AIR”,
but somehow the poem tells the story of all of these songs.
Charles wrote music to go with the words, and they sang the song several times at that conference, calling it: “LIVING, HE LOVED ME”. After the conference they wanted to get it published in a song book. Two different publishers wanted to print the song, but at first there was disagreement as to who owned the rights to the song. Once that was lined out, the song was first published in 1911.
Mr. Alexander published it with the same title as the title of the Original Poem: ONE DAY WHEN HEAVEN WAS FILLED WITH HIS GLORY. Then later The Rodeheaver Publishing Company bought the song from Charles Alexander. But when it came time for renewing the copyright, Charles Marsh was still living, so in 1937 the copyright was returned to him.
At some point a publisher printed the song with yet a 3rd title: “ONE DAY”, which is the title by which I knew it.
I’d like to just read the first 2 stanzas, then sing the rest:
NO. 346 ONE DAY C 9/8 (1908) ©1911
Words: J Wilbur Chapman Music: Charles H. Marsh
1. One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin,
Dwelt among men, my Example is He!
Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me;
Buried He carried my sins far away;
Rising, He justified freely forever;
One day He's coming, Oh glorious day!
2. One day they led Him up Calvary's mountain,
One day they nailed Him to die on the tree;
Suffering anguish, despised and rejected:
Bearing our sins, my Redeemer is He!
3. One day they left Him alone in the garden,
One day He rested, from suffering free;
Angels came down o'er His tomb to keep vigil;
Hope of the hopeless, my Savior is He!
4. One day the grave could conceal Him no longer,
One day the stone rolled away from the door;
Then He arose, over death He had conquered;
Now is ascended, my Lord evermore!
5. One day the trumpet will sound for His coming,
One day the skies with His glories will shine;
Wonderful day, my beloved ones bringing;
Glorious Savior, this Jesus is mine!