Scripture Verse

He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. Psalm 91:11


George F. Handel (1685–1759)

Words: A. S. Sher­wood, in As­sem­bly Songs, ed­it­ed by J. Er­nest Thack­er, George A. Fish­er & R. E. Ma­gill (Rich­mond, Vir­gin­ia: Pres­by­ter­ian Com­mit­tee of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1910), num­ber 232.

Music: Theo­do­ra (Han­del), ar­ranged from George F. Han­del, 1749 (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know Sher­wood’s full name, or where to get a good pho­to of him (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Angels, ev­er bright and fair,
Keep us all with­in thy care;
Guard the al­tars of the home;
Guard the steps that far may roam.

Round about en­camp­ing, stay,
Near the loved ones far away;
Hover close to cheer and guide,
Whether joy or grief be­tide.

Angels, ev­er bright and fair,
In thy hands our dear ones bear;
Keep us all in me­mo­ries sweet,
Till with joy again we meet.