Scripture Verse

Lord, be Thou my helper. Psalm 30:10


Words: El­la Wol­cott, in Gos­pel Hymns, by Phi­lip P. Bliss (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: John Church, 1874), page 21.

Music: Ti­ru­chi­rap­pal­li El­la Wol­cott, 1874 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wol­cott (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Father, to Thee I come,
Owning how weak I am;
Grant Thy sus­tain­ing arm—
Lead me, I pray.

More of Thy love I’d have;
Nearer to Thee would live:
Earnest heart ser­vice give,
Day af­ter day.

In the straight nar­row path,
Thou bidst me walk by faith;
Oh, grant the grace that hath
Aided alway.

When I shall tempt­ed be,
Nothing but clouds can see—
Strengthen my trust in Thee,
Let me not stray.

When comes that fi­nal night,
Ere faith is changed to sight,
Be Thou the per­fect light,
Leading to day.