[Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder] (Stevens)

[Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder] (Stevens)

Arranger: J. R. Baxter; Composer: W. B. Stevens
Published in 25 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Arranger: J. R. Baxter

Jesse Randall (Pap) Baxter, Jr. (1887-1960) Born: December 8, 1887, Lebanon, Alabama. Died: January 21, 1960. Baxter grew up in De­Kalb Coun­ty, Al­a­ba­ma. In 1926, he bought part of Vir­gil Stamps’ Gos­pel mu­sic firm, which be­came the Stamps-Bax­ter Mu­sic and Print­ing Com­pa­ny, one of the most suc­cess­ful Gos­pel mu­sic pub­lish­ers of the ear­ly 20th Century. Bax­ter ran the com­pa­ny’s Chat­ta­noo­ga, Ten­nes­see, of­fice un­til Stamps’ death in 1940, then moved to Dall­as, Tex­as, to run the main of­fice. Af­ter Bax­ter’s death, his wife, Clarice, ran the bus­i­ness un­til she died; it was then sold to Zon­der­van. Bax­ter was in­duct­ed in­to the South­ern Gos­pel Mu… Go to person page >

Composer: W. B. Stevens

William Buel Stevens was born in 1862 in the Lawnridge community of Scotland County Missouri. His father, Buel Stevens was arrested along with a group of 80 “German Methodist," charged with mutiny in 1862. Buel was one of three soldiers made examples of and sent to the federal prison in Alton, IL; but all three were returned to service after appeals after 6 months in prison. William's uncle died suddenly of heart disease at 48 and his 17 year old son died the same way a couple of years later. This would have happened in Stevens’ late teens. William Buel Stevens and his wife became sanctified and joined the Church of God Holiness. They spent a few years as traveling tent evangelists. They established two church communities. One in Queen… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Title: [Tempted and tried, we're oft made to wonder] (Stevens)
Composer: W. B. Stevens
Arranger: J. R. Baxter
Meter: 10 9.10 10. with refrain
Incipit: 35313 21211 35653
Key: F Major
Copyright: Arr. © 1937 by Stamps-Baxter Music Co., in "Starlit Crown," renewed 1965 (admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc,)

Alternative Tunes


Organ Solo

  • Abide with Me: Organ Music for the Memorial Service
    Composer/Editor Keith Christopher
    Published By: Word Music Group, LLC (1991) pp. 32

Piano Solo

  • Just Hooked by Gospel: Keyboard Folio
    Composer/Editors Don Wyrtzen; Carol McMillen
    Published By: Singspiration Music, Inc. (1984) pp. 19


Instances (1 - 11 of 11)

African American Heritage Hymnal #376

African Methodist Episcopal Church Hymnal #355

Celebremos Su Gloria #430

Hymns for Worship (Supplement) #5

Lift Every Voice and Sing II #187

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One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism #482

Sacred Selections for the Church #473


Songs of Zion #28

The New National Baptist Hymnal (21st Century Edition) #289


Timeless Truths #79

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Total Praise #388

Include 14 pre-1979 instances
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