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Rufus Henry McDaniel died, 2/13/1940. Born 1/29/1850, near Ripley, OH, he was schooled at Parker’s Academy, got preaching license at 19 & was ordained at 23. He appears to have married Margaret (1851-1928) prior to 1880 – they were blessed with three children. He pastored in Hamersville, Higginsport, Centerburg, Sugar Creek & Cincinnati (all OH) & retired to Dayton. He wrote some 100 songs.

A son, Herschel, died in 1913 & inspired “Since Jesus Came into My Heart”– there IS hope in trying times. Charles H Gabriel wrote a tune (McDaniel). It was introduced (in pamphlet) at a Billy Sunday campaign but was first published in Songs for Service by Homer A Rodeheaver in 1915. First known (to eab) recording was Roy Rogers/Dale Evens, 1953,RCA Victor. The Holy Spirit used the song in the conversion of a policeman named Fowler – his changed life is said to have led a 100 of his fellow policemen to Christ.

What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought Since Jesus came into my heart!

I have light in my soul for which long I had sought, Since Jesus came into my heart!


Since Jesus came into my heart, Since Jesus came into my heart,

Floods of joy o’er my soul Like the sea billows roll, Since Jesus came into my heart.

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