1919© Music and Lyrics by Frederick M. Lehman
Frederick Martin Lehman * Mecklenburg, Germ Aug 7, 1868
† Pasadena, Ca Feb 20, 1953
The song is also know under the title: Royal Telephone
The majority of his life was devoted to writing sacred songs. His first was written while a pastor in Kingsley, Iowa, in 1898. He wrote and published hundreds of songs, and compiled five song books. In 1911, he moved to Kansas City, where he helped found the Nazarene Publishing House.
Central’s never “busy,” always on the line;
You may hear from heaven almost any time;
’Tis a royal service, free for one and all;
When you get in trouble, give this royal line a call.
Telephone to glory, O what joy divine!
I can feel the current moving on the line,
Built by God the Father for His loved and own,
We may talk to Jesus thru this royal telephone.
There will be no charges, telephone is free,
It was built for service, just for you and me.
There will be no waiting On this royal line-
Telephone to glory Always answers just in time.
Fail to get the answer, Satan’s crossed your wire
By some strong delusion, Or some base desire.
Take away obstructions – God is on the throne –
And you’ll get the answer Thro’ this royal telephone.
If your line is “grounded” And connection true
Has been lost with Jesus, Tell you what to do:
Prayer and faith and promise Mend the broken wire, T
ill your soul is burning With the Pentecostal fire.
Carnal combinations Cannot get control
Of this line to glory, Anchored in the soul.
Storm and trial cannot Disconnect the line
Held in constant keeping By the Father’s hand divine.